From the Rector
Your Treasure: Caring for the Church and our Community
Dear Calvary Parish,
We are preparing for Holy Week: the week that reminds us that we walk with Jesus to the Cross and Christ leads us from death into life.
The worst unemployment news in modern history broke just yesterday.
In the next few weeks, most of us will be receiving a stimulus check in the mail. For some of us whose hours have been cut or jobs released, it will come as a relief. For those of us with secure jobs, it will feel like a bonus or added layer of security. And for those of us who are very prosperous and relatively untouched financially by this crisis, it is unneeded.
I invite you to
pray about how you will spend your stimulus check.
Use it to Cover your Expenses - Those of us who need this money should spend it to cover necessary expenses. And if you face unemployment or financial hardship in the weeks and months to come, please let the clergy know.
Tithe to the Church - Never tried the ancient Biblical practice of giving 10% of your income to the church? This is an opportunity to practice the tithe.
Give it all away - This is money meant to stimulate the economy. Who needs our help? What organizations and businesses do you want to see survive and thrive during this challenging time?
Here are some ideas from Dr. Megan Rich, Director of Residency at UC Health and Calvary's Vestry Outreach Team Chair:
Even designating a portion of your stimulus check and your monthly income to supporting your favorite
local restaurant take-out service will make a difference.
On my first Sunday with you back in July 2018, we heard together read from Holy Scripture the words of Paul's second letter to the Corinthians:
As you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you-- so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking.
I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
And in this matter I am giving my advice: it is appropriate for you who began last year not only to do something but even to desire to do something-- now finish doing it, so that your eagerness may be matched by completing it according to your means. For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has-- not according to what one does not have.
I do not mean that there should be relief for others and pressure on you, but it is a question of a fair balance between your present abundance and their need, so that their abundance may be for your need, in order that there may be a fair balance. As it is written,
“The one who had much did not have too much,
and the one who had little did not have too little.”
May we excel in this generous undertaking. It is at the core of what it means for us to be the church, especially in a time like this.