"The Season of Giving Thanks", Our Annual Stewardship Campaign, Begins this Sunday, Oct 13:
"The Season of Giving Thanks" is the title of our annual stewardship campaign at St. Julian's. Over the next few weeks we will be inviting everyone in our family of faith to reflect on the many blessing that God has poured into our lives, and consider how, with grateful hearts, we might share from those blessings our time, talent, and financial resources, to continue and further God's life-giving work in and through St. Julian's in the year to come.
Over the past decade, which we just celebrated together this past weekend, St. Julian's has grown into a vital, affirming, and life giving family of faith that has blessed hundreds of people who now call us home and many thousand more through the ministry we offer beyond our own walls. This good and Godly work is only possible through the generosity of those who call us home. To this end, we invite you, once again, into this special season of reflection. That is a time to intentionally name the wondrous ways that God is active and alive in our lives and consider how that might overflow into specific commitments, financial and otherwise, to continue and grow what we have already together begun.
Though I always say that what is provided, financially speaking, in any given year will be enough to accomplish that which God has set before us, we very much hope to grow our giving in the coming year through new financial pledges and increased commitments to grow our staff and our impact, as Jesus' heart and hands, on the community in which we have been faithfully planted. Though we have continued to grow in number, our giving has traditionally followed some what behind, which has meant ever increasingly tight budgets. Our hope and prayer for this "Season of Giving Thanks" is to, once again, position ourselves financially to increase the dollars given to ministry, which are a catalyst for and drive the expanse and impact of the good work we offer to those both among and beyond us.
Much more information will be forth coming, including, special opportunities in open space and reflections from participants in our community around why they give and serve in this place. And, I would just ask, at this point, that we each prayerfully begin to consider our own commitments to God through St. Julian's in the coming year.
"The Season of Giving Thanks" will conclude with our In-Gathering Service on Nov 17. That Sunday we will have one service at 10:30 AM, at which, we will "gather in", as one community, our pledge cards that state our commitment of time, talent and treasure for the coming year, followed by a Thanksgiving Meal celebrating our life together and God in Christ's faithful presence among us.
Below is a link to our Stewardship FAQ at St. Julian's, as a resource for considering and understanding your own participation.
I remain so grateful for all each of you have already given to bless and grow our shared ministry. Serving with and among you truly is the greatest blessing in my life as a priest.
If you have any questions about "The Season of Giving Thanks" feel free to contact me directly. I hope this reaches you and yours well.
Peace and Warm Friendship,
Vicar, St. Julian of Norwich Episcopal Church