Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10 

 
October 11, 2020 
 
 Greetings!
 
Can 2020 be any more biblical? Who could have imagined the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought? The coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, our sense of community, ways of doing worship, fellowship, and outreach. Yet, in many ways, we are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a congregation, deanery, diocese, a Church, a nation, and a global community. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church. 
 
I have witnessed the countless ways that you have used your resources for the mission and ministry of the Church and to help each other. I have found it inspiring and hopeful as we plan our work together in 2021. This coming year, we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.” 
 
How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received. 
 
Receive your pledge card with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received. Let us end 2020 and begin 2021 with the Gospel invitation to love like Jesus. What could be more biblical? 
 
In the spirit of generosity and love, 
The Very Reverend Keith Yamamoto

Saint Mark's Episcopal Parish | www.stmarks-upland.org