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A Letter from the Rector | Stewardship

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Starting this Sunday, October 20, our parish enters into a period of discernment about stewardship. Over the next four weeks, I invite you to join me in reflecting upon God’s blessings in your life. Consider these questions: “What has God done for me? What is God doing for me now? What will God do for me in the future?” In contemplating our manifold blessings, we are also called to think about our finances and how we may use monetary gifts to support our faith community. So with a grateful heart, and remembering that all good things come from God, I invite you to prayerfully ask yourself, what proportion of my income is God calling me to give in support of the work of God at St. Paul’s, Ivy in 2020?

Testimony of Faith
The St. Paul’s, Ivy community of faith is transforming the lives of people of all ages, both within our walls and beyond them. During our upcoming Fall financial stewardship campaign, you will read and hear the testimonies of people impacted by our church home. We will all learn about the numerous ways in which this church impacts our parishioners and our community.

Give with Purpose
The purpose of the upcoming stewardship campaign is not primarily to raise money for the 2020 operating budget. A healthy operating budget is important, of course, because it gives us the opportunity to grow and nourish our faith community, and if we want to be a church that changes lives we need robust, well-funded programs. Rather, the primary goal of the Fall Stewardship Campaign is for each of us to reflect prayerfully on what it means to live a generous, Christ-centered life with regard to our God-given financial resources. Such reflection is an integral part of growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ, of giving one’s heart more and more to what ultimately matters. In being asked to give of ourselves and our money, we are drawn deeper into a purposeful life with Christ and with each other. As Jesus himself said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21).” My prayer is that through this period of reflection, you will be called to a deeper engagement at St. Paul’s, Ivy – a faith community that is changing lives.

Celebration Sunday, November 17
It is my hope that you will spend these four weeks prayerfully reflecting on your 2020 pledge to God’s work here at Paul’s, Ivy. On Sunday, November 17, you will have an opportunity to fill out a 2020 financial pledge card in the context of worship and offer it to God. Pledge cards will first be distributed on Sunday, November 17 during the 8:15 and 10:30am services, so I hope you will make every effort to attend one of these services. After the 10:30 service, all are invited to a festive reception celebrating our parish. RSVP cards for this catered event will be distributed every Sunday between October 20 and November 10.

I look forward to entering this period of prayer and discernment with you. May you know the peace and joy that comes from giving generously for the Kingdom of God.

Your fellow steward of God’s blessings,

Justin+