What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is about a whole lot more than money. Simply put, Stewardship can be understood as “all that we have, and all we do, all the time.” It is rooted in the belief that who we are and what we have and the life we live, and the world in which we live is all a gift from God, or even that it all belongs to God: “The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,” says the Psalmist. And we are stewards of it.

A steward is a manager, a person who has charge of the household or possessions of another. In our case, we are the stewards of God’s household, God’s possessions, whether nature, children, buildings, time, talent, or money. If we realize that all the stuff of our world belongs to God, and we see ourselves as stewards of it, then we hear a call to mindfully use it as God would have us use it. All of it. 

Biblically, tithing comes from the spirit of Jacob’s promise in Genesis 28:20-22:

‘If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house; and of all that you give me I will surely give one-tenth to you.’

It is quite clever actually, because giving away 10% of our income each week or each year is just enough to be really challenging, even painful. Tithing is a discipline. It is also an extraordinary faith statement, a way of reminding ourselves that God is God, that we are God’s people, and that God provides for us, even when the household budget is tight.

But the tithe is limiting. Limiting in its focus – money – and limiting in its amount – 10%. The ultimate goal is not 10%, but rather that we have a spirit of abundant generosity with all that we have, with all that we do, all the time.

Ideally, we give ourselves to God, 100%. And we give generously from the resources we have been given. We are God’s stewards, the means, the conduits, if you will, for God’s stuff to be used for God’s purpose.

But stewardship and tithing are by no means limited to the local church. In truth, the church is in real competition with other good and faithful organizations for financial support.

Faithful stewardship includes generous and abundant giving to those people and institutions that give witness to God’s compassion, God’s justice and God’s transformative power. St. Andrew’s strives to use our resources toward this work. And we trust that we best accomplish it through the generous giving, not only of money, but also of time, skill sets, thoughtful opinion, prayerful discernment, and gracious leadership of our church members. For this reason, we believe that St. Andrew's is a primary beneficiary of our members’ giving, though not necessary the only one.

Pledging has to do with commitment and with budget planning. To pledge to a particular organization is to make a commitment to support that organization. When people are able to estimate their giving ahead of time and pledge a particular amount, then the leadership of the church is able to determine a budget and ministry plan for the year, and establish certain commitments and expectations.

Pledging can be a means of faithful stewardship when the church acknowledges the realities of the lives of its members. In times of uncertainty of income and increasing debt, the most faithful expression of the church is to help people and families best discern the best and highest use of all God has given them. The church, over and above calling for a pledge, is entrusted with the call to healing and wholeness for all God’s creation. So, will you join me in pledging to St. Andrew's for 2024? Pledge online.



Mother Mary Lynn


This Sunday, November 5, All-Ages All Saints' Sunday


Children and Youth

All Ages Service! No Sunday School

Nursery care for babies from birth through Age 3

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Hamas Attack Survivors Speak Tonight

So many of us feel helpless in the face of the news coming from Israel and Gaza. One of the most important things we can do at this moment is to listen to the stories of those who are affected by recent events. Tonight, Friday, November 3 at 6:15pm, a family of survivors from southern Israel will be speaking at Beth Israel about their experience. Join either in person or online, and hear their story.

The Cherry family from Israel through miracle after miracle survived the horrific Hamas attack on October 7. This resilient family will share their story and bear witness to what happened that day. The event takes place in the Glickman-Galinson Sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel, 9001 Towne Centre Drive, San Diego, 92122.

PLEASE BE ADVISED that the content may contain sensitive and distressing material. Your understanding is greatly appreciated as we aim to shed light on the attacks in Israel, the loss of the lives of many Israelis, and offer our support to those affected. Children who attend are welcome to join in an art activity for those affected in Israel in lieu of hearing the presentation at services.

Día de Los Muertos

Bring a photo of your loved ones who have died for our ofrenda in the back of the sanctuary, as we celebrate Día de Los Muertos. You can also bring an item that connects you to your loved one: a favorite food or drink, or other object. The altar will be up until November 6.

Annual Pledge Campaign: We Love PB

This time of year, we take four weeks to intentionally plan and pray about our commitment to St. Andrew's in the coming year. We call this our annual pledge campaign. This year we're providing a fun bingo game in and around PB to help all of us get to know our neighborhood. Instructions for Bingo. Bring your completed bingo card along with your pledge card to church on Sunday, November 19, St. Andrew's Day, and Mother Mary Lynn will give you a prize.

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Come on a Prayer Walk

On Sunday, November 12, after church, walk around the neighborhood and pray for the spaces, places and people who are closest to us. This is part of our continuing work to engage our community in life-giving ways. We will note signs of hardship, and signs of God's grace as we walk, and then reconvene at church to share our observations. After the walk, we'll have lunch together, provided by St. Andrew's!

Interfaith Gathering: Finding Peace Through Understanding

The world is in turmoil. Many are hurting. The evening's program will include prayer, music, and reflections with a focus on peace from different faith perspectives. As we learn about each other, we will find the common ground that binds us together. So united, we can better lift and strengthen one another. Refreshments to follow. Wednesday, November 15, 6:30pm-7:30pm at 5151 Fanuel Street in PB and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. View flyer (PDF).

St. Andrew's Feast Day & Ingathering

On Sunday, November 19 at 10:30am, bring your pledge card to church and turn it in! We will celebrate and bless all our financial commitments with a special ceremony, bagpipers and of course, food and drink after the service. Mark your calendar and plan to come to this fun, annual offering.

20s & 30s Group: Friendsgiving

Friday, November 17, 6pm at Mother Mary Lynn's house - Come celebrate the season of gratitude with other young adults at St. Andrew's! RSVP to Mother Mary Lynn by November 10 and sign up to bring a side dish or dessert. 

Upcoming Youth Events

Saturday, November 11, 10 am- 2 pm

Diocesan Convention, 10 am-2 pm, St. Paul's Cathedral. $10 per youth. Registration here.

Sunday, November 19

Bowling at BreakPoint. $10 per youth, includes shoe rental. RSVP to Kari.

Sunday, December 10

Youth Group Gift Exchange, complete with hot chocolate.

Questions? Contact Family Minister Kari Robinson.

Women's Bible Study: Wednesdays at 9:30

The Rebel Women Bible Study is beginning to read The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, and all women are invited to join! This has been a great place to explore our questions about the Bible - who decided what counted as biblical text? Why do we always hear certain stories in church instead of others? Was Mary Magdalene really the fallen women she's been portrayed to be?

We meet Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30. Email Mary Lynn to join us!

Volunteers Needed for Convention

Bishop Susan needs volunteers for our 50th Annual Diocesan Convention! If you feel called to serve and are interested in one or more of the volunteer opportunities, click here. This will be an especially festive and fun convention because it's our 50th! Bishop Mathes and Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori will attend, as well as other special guests. Friday - Saturday, November 10 - 11 at St. Paul's Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego.

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