Dear friends in Christ,
I write to you today on the topic of stewardship.
Things are difficult and uncertain, but that makes it even more important to embrace this spiritual practice.
Stewardship is a spiritual discipline, a mindset, in which we see all the things in our lives as gifts from God, gifts that we have the responsibility to use and manage well. In stewardship, we often talk about money, but it includes our time, energy and skills as well.
We ask, how am I spending my time, my energy, my money, my skills, as a follower of Jesus? How am I serving myself, my family and friends, the vulnerable, the Church, and my community with the good gifts that I have been given?
Stewardship can look like lots of different things. For me, the current pandemic has allowed me to better steward my time, to prioritize my family and friends. Likewise, the current conversation around racism in the USA and Canada has allowed me to better steward my money and time to learn about and support anti-racism. I have also had the opportunity to engage in my stewardship to the Church by reviewing and increasing my pledge.
Pledging is one type of stewardship that we invite people into at St. John’s – making a financial commitment to support our shared life and ministry. I want to thank all those whose faithful gifts and pledges help make our community viable and vibrant, to the glory of God.
It is never too late to make a pledge. If you have not done so for this year, I invite you to do so now, no matter how big or small, for the last 6 months of 2020. I invite you to embrace this practice, and prayerfully consider the attached stewardship form. Feel free to get in touch by phone or email with any questions.
Let us embrace this practice, fellow stewards.
Grace + Peace + Love,
Our pledge card a fillable form and is downloadable below. This is a form that can be filled out on your computer, saved and emailed back to the office at [email protected]