Imagine | Stewardship Campaign
Stewardship 2018 Goal: $750,000
Fall is the season of stewardship, a time of harvest, of grateful reflection and hopeful planning. Given the upheaval of the last year, it is more important than ever to consider how we cultivate the generous gifts and talents of our community. In times of uncertainty, so important are a clear vision of who we are as a people and a thoughtful inventory of what we are capable of accomplishing. The theme driving our stewardship efforts this year is “Imagine: St. Stephen’s.” Drawing from our service of Morning Prayer and the book of Ephesians, We say together:
“Glory to God whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to him from generation to generation in the church and in Christ Jesus for ever and ever. Amen.”
The phrase from that prayer, “infinitely more than we can ask or imagine” sticks out to me because it casts the act of giving as an act of radical courage and hope. During uncertain seasons of life—and this is an uncertain season for all of us—it is only natural to hold on to what we have, or what we think we have, in the hopes of maintaining a sense of security.
Given this, I believe we can look at stewardship as an inherently courageous approach to living. If we are willing to continue to share our holy currencies of gracious leadership, time and place, relationships, truth, wellness, and money—even in the wake of uncertainty—then we are affirming our shared belief that we are not in this alone. We are bold to relinquish control with the knowledge that the Eternal One is able of accomplishing more than we could ever ask or imagine.
During this season of stewardship, I encourage you to consider how St. Stephen’s has blessed not only your own life but also the lives of so many in our community. At the same time, I ask you to take the courageous step of imagining the past, present, and future of St. Stephen’s. I invite you to contemplate how much you are called to pledge to give this coming year, so that joy and abundance can be shared with even more people, and so that our congregation can continue to grow and thrive.
We ask that during this campaign, you will add your financial commitment to this collective effort, and offer a generous pledge for 2018. It is our hope that through pledging, you too will be surprised to discover what the Divine, working in you, is capable of accomplishing.
James LaRocque, Chair
St. Stephen's Stewardship Committee 2018
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2018 Narrative Budget
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