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Stewardship 2016


We are honored to continue service as co-chairs of this year’s Stewardship team at St. Mark on the Hill.

On Sunday, October 11th, we will kick off our annual giving campaign, “God the Giver,” with a lunch in the parish hall after the 11am worship service. At our lunch we will gather for table conversations about the gifts we have given and received. How do we feel when we cannot wait to give a gift away? How are we transformed when we receive a gift unexpectedly? At the luncheon you will receive your stewardship materials for 2016.

Over the next six weeks, we will explore together, how acknowledging God’s generosity to us can unleash greater generosity in ourselves. Archbishop Desmond Tutu in his book, “In God’s Hands” says, “This is a God who intervenes on our behalf, not because we deserve it, but because God’s love is freely given. It is grace. It is not earned; it cannot be earned. It does not need to be earned.” God is the Giver, the ultimate lover of all God has created.

Your generosity, in response to all God has given you, generates mission and changes lives. Here are some things to consider and pray about for the next six weeks of our God the Giver Stewardship Campaign:

 

  • Beginning on Sunday, October 11 and continuing through Sunday, November 8, you will find reflections written by Episcopal stewardship leaders across the country, covering stewardship and faithful giving in connection with the Gospel reading of the day in your worship bulletin.

 

  • Each Sunday, from October 11th through November 15th, we will hear stories of personal transformation through the practice of intentional giving from your fellow parishioners.

 

  • On Sunday, October 11th, you will receive your pledge packet. Over the next six weeks, pray and consider your pledge for 2016. Bring your completed pledge card to worship on Sunday, November 15th for our stewardship celebration.

Over the last year, our mission here at St. Mark’s has grown by leaps and bounds. Your financial gifts and energy have enabled St. Mark’s to engage in the following ministries during the past year:

  • FOOD PANTRY - In the last year we have served food to over 150 unique households every Saturday from 10am - 2pm. In the year to come, we have become a partner in the Maryland Food Bank and will be able to feed even more people in need.
  • GILEAD HOUSE FOR ASYLUM SEEKERS – In partnership with ERICA we are have housed 10 people seeking asylum in the United States and we have raised $130,000 to renovated the old rectory for the future.
  • MILLBROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL– We have collected school supplies and winter clothing for students at Millbrook, we are in conversation about a reading and tutoring program for the future.
  • YOUTH FORMATION – We have a critical mass of middle school youth who meet once a month for an evening program and perform the Gospel as a drama at the 9am worship service.
  • MUSIC PROGRAM – We have developed and are sustaining both an Adult and Kids Choir and have brought additional music to the congregation via soloists and concerts.
  • VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL– We had a fantastic week of learning about different cultures, languages, and lands from members of our community.
  • AA, NA, HOUSE OF RUTH – We have partnered with the 12-step community and the House of Ruth to provide space for recovery and healing.

Mother Dawson, vestry leaders and stewardship ministry team have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our worshipping community. We will be in intentional prayer that each of us will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful response to God’s generosity.

We will pray that your giving will come from a deep abiding sense of gratitude for the gift of this community and the gift we have in Jesus, the one who does not leave our side. My life is enriched when I give not from a perspective of “what is my fair share,” or even, “what can I afford”; rather, my faith comes alive when I give from a grace-filled and grateful heart. Giving generously gives me strength and hope for the journey ahead.

Thank you for joining me as we consider God’s gifts to each of us. May our exploration open us to a deeper gratitude and excitement about the gift we are able give.

Yours in Christ,

Dorothy Richards and Francine Boothe, Stewardship Co-Chairs