A letter from Fr. John Schaefer, Rector
Our theme for this year is “Journey to Generosity”. This seems very appropriate to me. Perhaps you have heard it said that life is a journey. Indeed it is! In addition, we do not traverse the journey unless we are willing to take one-step at a time. Life is a journey, and so is our faith. Therefore, it is appropriate to say that our walk in faith is a journey. Our journey in faith is a willingness to say “Yes” to God who calls us Beloved. Life is a journey to love, to welcome and to invite; a journey to create peace and to live generously. Stewardship is, then, everything we do after we say, “I believe”.
The Journey to Generosity is about participating in God’s inexhaustibleness. But first we must believe that God’s love, healing and forgiveness really are inexhaustible. Maybe your faith journey is taking another step in God’s love. When I took my 115-kilometer walk in Spain, I really did not know if I could do it. I worried that it might be too much for me. After the first day, when my blisters set in, I really worried if I could make it to the end. But I continued to put one foot in front of the other day after day until I reached my goal.
We have probably all heard about the “tithe”, or giving ten percent as a standard of giving. It may sound like an impossible goal. It may even hurt a bit as we try. It can take time. I only ask that if you are not yet tithing, that you work toward a tithe. Not out of guilt, that is not helpful, but instead out of love toward God.
Of course, St. Andrew’s depends on the generosity of its members and friends to carry on the mission that God has given us in this time and place. The past several years we have been able to move from a deficit and a large debt to a positive position and a debt fully paid off. That is all because of you, the great people of St. Andrew’s! We need your continued support to carry on the mission and ministry we have. And so I ask you to faithfully and prayerfully consider what you will pledge for 2018. Remember that a pledge is not a contract, but a faithful response to God. If your circumstance changes, you can always amend your pledge.
Will you please consider joining me on the journey in accepting the challenge to increase your pledge by 3% in 2018 to support the ministry of St. Andrew’s? For example, a pledge of $1000 with a 3% increase would be $1030. As you can see, it’s not a large amount. Let us walk together in our Journey to Generosity to the glory of God through the mission and ministries of St. Andrew’s.
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