2017 Annual Stewardship Information and Pledge Card
Psalm 112 speaks eloquently about the theme of Living Generously. It defines such generous living as being gracious, merciful and righteous. To live in such a way, we are to conduct our lives with justice. Generous living is much more than what we do with our money. We are called to be kind to one another and to all living things. We are called to deal with each other honestly, and to be humble.
Living Generously is a call to action to each of us as followers of Jesus. He showed us the way to live generously: by welcoming the outcast, by overturning the tables of the money changers in the temple, by dining with the poor and healing the sick, by teaching, by forgiving, and by ultimately giving his life so that all might have life abundant.
Our ministries here at St. Paul’s are empowered through the generosity of all our members. Each week, we are nurtured in word and sacrament. We are called by God to care for those who are ill or hurting, and welcome all those searching for a community of faith. St. Paul’s strives to be a generous parish. Some of our members tithe, giving ten percent of their income to the church, while others commit a certain percentage, make a one-time annual gift, or give as they are able. Although giving levels vary in the congregation, what is important is that all of us are asked to make a gift that reflects our commitment to living an abundant and generous life.
Faith is a journey we make together, not a solo expedition. The annual giving campaign is a time set aside to reflect on the practice of intentional giving so that we live into the generous and abundant life God is calling us to live. Jesus said, “I come so that all may have life and have it abundantly.” Living Generously brings us closer to that abundant life.
During the next weeks, we invite you to prayerfully consider how you might live life more generously. If you are not sure where to start in considering your pledge commitment, you may want to consider how your standard of living lines up with your standard of giving. Think about the impact that our very special community of faith at St. Paul’s Ivy has on your life and the wider community. Pray about God’s generosity in your life and then make a pledge that reflects that generosity.
Bill Achenbach and Erik Greenbaum, Annual Stewardship Chairs
Accept this pledge as a symbol our my/our commitment to follow Jesus through the intentional practice of giving. I/we offer this pledge in gratitude for all God has given us.
St. Paul’s Ivy thanks you for your pledge!