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They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. – Jeremiah 17:8
I am so pleased this year to talk about the theme of our annual stewardship campaign, Rooted in Abundance. I am particularly excited about it because it describes the graceful state of our church community, and how we share our gifts so lovingly with each other.
Our giving tradition at St. Paul’s has always been focused on how we share all our gifts – not just our financial gifts. A church needs new ideas, creative people to lead, individuals who know how to solve complex problems, and volunteers to keep our ministries focused on our neighbors. We usually talk about this in a three-fold way: wealth, works, and wisdom. If any one of these areas is missing from our community, we are diminished.
Each of us has a gift, some of us have many. We praise and admire all who share their gifts with St. Paul’s. Your gifts to St. Paul’s include cooking and baking and offering hospitality, counting the collection, serving at the altar, and welcoming newcomers and each other before the service begins. Some serve on the Bishop’s Committee. We couldn’t be who we are without you.
In this year of being in leadership ministry with you, I have witnessed the ways in which you communicate with each other to get things done. Potlucks, community events, pastoral care, it all happens so wonderfully because you are each deeply connected to each other through your roots of faith and service.
I thank you this year for the ways you have shared your gifts with us – your wealth, works, and your wisdom. In the coming days you will be receiving more information about this year’s campaign and an invitation to let us know what gifts you would like to share with us for next year’s ministry. Thank you for your generosity, once again.
2024 Stewardship Chair