Love & Serve 2017 | Stewardship Campaign
Stewardship 2017 Goal: $700,000
This Fall St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church will embark on a year of thinking about the many different ways to be a steward of the gifts God has given us. You are going to be hearing from the clergy and the vestry about six “Holy Currencies” as defined by the author Eric Law. These currencies include time and place, gracious leadership, relationship, truth, wellness, and money. During the season of stewardship we want you to be thinking about all six of these currencies, and how you might incorporate them into your giving to the church, not just during the month of stewardship, but all year long.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be focusing in particular on the financial currency, because what we pledge financially as a congregation during this time will determine in what ways St. Stephen’s can love and serve in the coming year: our community service and outreach initiatives, our music, the amazing work of our clergy and staff. We invite you during this time to take a wide view of the abundance and joy that is fostered at St. Stephen’s and how our church has blessed not only your own life but also the lives of so many in our community. At the same time, we invite you to contemplate how much you are called to pledge to give this coming year, so that the joy and abundance can be shared with even more people, and so that our congregation can continue to grow and thrive.
This year’s stewardship theme is “Love and Serve.” It comes from the words that we say each week at the end of our worship, as we prepare to go out into the world restored and renewed by our communion. We say together:
Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
You may have said this prayer a thousand times, or only ten times, but we invite you to consider these words again and prayerfully contemplate what is being asked of us. How can each of us best serve God with gladness and singleness of heart? Even the most selfless acts of love and service require infrastructure to bring about: our buildings, our electricity, our clergy and staff, our supplies. Think about what you could contribute financially to that collective effort, and offer a generous pledge for 2017. It is our hope that through pledging, you will deepen your relationship with God and feel even more invested in the holy work of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. We all have something we can give with gladness to love and serve God and our neighbors.
St. Stephen’s Stewardship Committee 2017
2017 Narrative Budget
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2017 Narrative Budget