Over the past few weeks, we have read inspiring articles from Buddy, Tim, Edith, and KC. In the coming weeks, we will hear from Elizabeth Ackerman, Richard and Deborah Childers, John and Molly Scott, and Leah and Townsend Tennille during the 8:00 am and 10:30 am Sunday worship services.
Last year, our theme was Grace and Gratitude, and this year, it is Renew and Rejoice. Do you see a pattern? I see all the beauty around us; all the beauty God has provided. We are incredibly blessed that this past year has seen so many good deeds. Good deeds that have not gone unnoticed such as the library renovation, the painting of our beautiful sanctuary, as well as offices and other areas around the church, new furniture to sit and have conversation, new cabinetry. All while being good stewards of the funds pledged and the gifts given.The pandemic profoundly brought to light how precious our community is and how critical it is that as a parish we strive for greater love, justice, and peace in the world. The past two years has made us yearn to be together in our beautiful home we call Saint Anne’s. We are proud of our history, and we rejoice together with a renewed dedication to serve our mission well into the future.
Soon, you will receive a packet in the mail from our Stewardship Chair, Bill Bost, that will include a Stair Step Chart showing last year’s giving, and a pledge card for the upcoming 2023 year. Then on Sunday, October 30, Consecration Sunday, we welcome our guest preacher Martha Sterne and bring our gifts to the altar that day. The day will be capped off with an amazing celebratory luncheon following the 10:30 am service.
As you know, it takes time and money to run the church and maintain the campus. As a parish, we are proud of all the work we do inside, and outside the church walls through mission and outreach, not only with our gifts, but with our time and talent.
As you prepare for the 2023 Renew and Rejoice Stewardship drive, prayerfully consider, increasing your pledge. We have much work to do in the coming years and if we can inch back up to the true cost to run our facilities, without using our reserves, and pledge a full 10% to our mission work, it will require those deep conversations with family to decide how much to give. Do you know that if every household increases their annual pledge by $350, we will be well on our way to meeting the needs of our parish and those who need our assistance? Our success requires a personal investment as we call Saint Anne’s our spiritual home and admire the church’s commitment to those we are called to serve.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
Irene Pedersen, Senior Warden