Grace and peace to you, dear friend. Each year with the fall at St. Margaret's, we enter a season to consider the gifts that God has given us, and how we might give back. This year, as you prepare to make your annual pledge of giving to the church, you will receive an extra weekly newsletter with special reflections, inspiration, and information about stewardship.

"Becoming Saints" is the theme that will guide our reflections this year. We know that by our baptism, we are all members of the communion of saints - blessed by God to serve the world. God is at work to restore all people to unity in God and with one another. This is our mission, too.

In 1994, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church described some of the qualities that we seek in the saints that we remember. These traits include love, goodness of life, joyousness, service to others for Christ's sake, devotion, and heroic faith. We begin today with LOVE, and over the next six weeks, we'll explore these ideals and consider how we too are, and are becoming, saints.

The culmination of this season of reflection will be the Feast of St. Margaret - Sunday, November 12th. On that day, I hope you'll come to celebrate with us, and make your pledge to support St. Margaret's with your giving in 2018.

In Christ,

The Rev. Mary Vano

..."So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the GREATEST of these is LOVE"

1 Corinthians 13:13
St. Paul said that, "If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." We are nothing without love, because love is the very ground of our being. God has created us because of love, by love, and for the purpose of love. 

This is important, because in the broken world in which we live, our love can make an extraordinary difference. Love recognizes value, seeks unity, and cares for the other. When we learn to exercise these values, and encourage them in one another, we are wielding the very power of God to heal this world.
Stewardship Story
The Vano Family
Stephen, Drew, Matthew, and I are looking forward to November 12th, because we want to celebrate our commitment to St. Margaret's.

This year, with our combined annual fund and capital campaign gifts, we will be offering 14% of our income to this community. This is the furthest we've ever stretched ourselves to give, but we do it because we believe it's the most important thing we can do to help build a community that makes a real and positive difference for ourselves and for our world.

There is nothing greater in our lives than the love we have received from God. Our Christian community continues to heal and nurture us with Christ's love, and we want to do all we can to give some of that love back. 

We hope that you'll join us by giving generously of your love on November 12th.
Did you Know?
An annual pledge is simply a promise to give a certain amount in the coming year.  It is a distinct and separate pledge from the capital campaign pledge you made last spring. With your annual pledge, the church makes a budget to pay for ministry, staff, programming, and building expenses in the coming year. Every household is expected to make a pledge, giving according to their means, to support the daily ministry of the church. However, it's important to know that your pledge may be changed at any time during the year if your financial circumstances change.