Forward Together, In Faith, In Hope, In Love
As we kick off our stewardship campaign we start with a favorite verse from Hebrews. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Our faith is central to our Christianity for it provides an assurance that a life in Christ makes all things possible. From our daily bread found in the Lord’s Prayer to everlasting life in John 3:16, we know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippians 4:13)
Faith is also central to our stewardship campaign as we move Forward Together, In Faith, In Hope, In Love. Your stewardship is a tangible demonstration of your faith when you pledge your time and treasure. Faith in knowing that your financial pledges will be invested wisely to support a thriving church, to minister to those in need, and to share God’s grace and abundance in our community.
Last year, your financial support helped address the hardships associated with Covid 19 in our own communities. Our resources helped fight food insecurity at the Kennett Food Cupboard and helped many families deal with the medical, housing, and financial challenges that were far too prevalent.
In this year’s stewardship campaign, we appeal to the better angels of your nature and ask for your support. At St. Michael, we have many exciting opportunities for growth inside the church and within our community. Opportunities to build a stronger and more vibrant youth program, opportunities to invest in fellowship and other critical St. Michaels initiatives while still maintaining our community outreach to those impacted by Covid and life’s circumstances.
With reduced in person attendance at St. Michael due to Covid 19, we have seen our annual pledges fall by about 10% each year in both 2020 and 2021. To maintain our level of social ministry while investing in the future, it’s important we stabilize and strengthen our pledge commitment so that we can plan accordingly and continue to share our abundance with those in need.
As you consider a pledge of time or treasure, consider the scripture of Peter 4:10. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” God’s grace at St. Michael has been abundant the past year as we have navigated both Covid 19 and our leadership transition with the help of Pastor Stuart. Now is the time to share our blessings.
We close our message where we started, rooted in faith and confidence that our stewardship campaign will enable the fulfillment of God’s will in helping our neighbors, securing our future, and serving all in His glory.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided, in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
In His Service,
The St. Michael Stewardship Team
Steve Lacombe, Pastor Stuart Luce, Joe Martin, Lou Minella, Randy Stone, Kristen Young