Greetings St. Andrew’s from the Stewardship committee. I am happy to report some positive news with the amount of pledge giving in recent weeks as we are seeing an uptick in the amount of pledges and pledging overall during a time when we sometimes see a leveling off. This couldn’t come at a more crucial time since we are no longer going to be able to rely on diocesan relief to help us get through these difficult financial times. But I see this as an exciting opportunity to forge ahead with our new leadership and refined vision of who we are and what we want to accomplish in Christ’s name without any bumpers and guide rails. Of course, this means we must not get complacent and need to continue to focus on the work God has called upon all of us to do. As summer begins, we must not take a break from our spiritual wellbeing but must redouble our commitment to our faith and spiritual family.
Like all of you, I look forward to summer where we plan for breaks to spend quality time with our families building memories and cultivating the love we have for one another. It is a time to take a well-deserved break from our everyday working lives and to enjoy the blessings and gifts of the world. Psalm 24 begins with “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” This passage reminds us that this glorious Earth we enjoy belongs to the Lord and it is our responsibility to be caretakers of the world as we live in and enjoy it. So goes the same with our church. What a beautiful, happy and dependable place for us to gather and worship together, but we must remember that we are all stewards of the church that have a responsibility to its ongoing health and longevity.
Thank You and God Bless,