Stewardship

2021 Pledge Card

 

 

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received.
– 1 Peter 4:10

 

October 7, 2020

Dear People of Epiphany, 

When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have known what this year would be like. I need not remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities, for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are in many ways stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

As we experienced months of not being able to gather in person, the usual focus on weekly worship was spread throughout the week as we found ways to gather virtually, taking more time to pray for each other’s needs and serve our communities. You used this time to discover, hone, and put to use the gifts you have received from our Creator God and to serve one another.

I have witnessed the countless ways that you have used your resources for the mission of the Church and to help each other. I have found it inspiring and hopeful as we plan our work together in 2021. This coming year, we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is what we mean by “Faith-Filled Generosity.”

How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I look at each family, each individual in our community, I realize that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.

This year, your stewardship committee will be sending you a packet with your pledge card and an appeal. I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.

In the spirit of generosity and love,

Mack+

 
Why Pledge? Videos from fellow members of Epiphany

 

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Why I give to the Church...from Daniel McMillan, our seminarian!

I believe the main reason I give my time, talent, and treasure to the church is because of what the church has given me. The simple answer to that question is family. I give to the church because the church gives to me a family. This may sound corny, but it’s the truth. Everybody has their story for why they came to the church and mine is about losing real connection.

Before I came to the church, and before I started praying, I realized that my life was exceedingly hollow. I had friends and acquaintances, but they were all relationships based in self-interest, at least on my end. It was not until I started coming to church that I discovered what selflessness really looked and felt like. I think its kind of like unconditional love. The people that I met at church were on this unconditional love trajectory, some farther along the path than others, that was enormously attractive to me because something deep inside me wanted to do the same. At one point, I remember looking at some of the core members of the church thinking, “How come they are always so generous and giving of their time?” The answer that came to me was that the family that the church is and can be, was life giving to them. It fed them in mysterious ways that I was not privy to.

I have been a member of the church for almost twenty years now, and can say that the church is not perfect, but it is a place-opening for the love and connection that the Holy Spirit is and gives. The Trinity is the model of the perfect family and it is this model of family that the church strives. I have been fed by the church in so many ways: physically, psychologically, and spiritually. And it has been this nourishment that gets me through life’s catastrophes and joys. If this isn’t enough though, all I have to do is remember something an old spiritual director once told me. She said, “You love Jesus (The Body of Christ or Church) don’t you Daniel?” I answered, “Yes, you know that.” Then she said, “Now, for a time, imagine if He wasn’t in the world. Imagine He never even existed…” My response was that I had to hold myself back from crying. Then she said, “Now…now what are you willing to do for Jesus?”

 
 
Greetings, everybody!
 
My name is Pickles. I have gone to church with my mom since January 2018. My mom had just adopted me from the Humane Society. Someone threw me from a car and abandoned me. I was scared, sad, mad, angry, and not sure about being around ANYBODY.
 
But then I learned about the church and other humans who were very patient with me. You were very kind and accepting of me. I learned how people were supposed to be. I learned about LOVEEmoji.
 
I try to be a good girl in church. I sit with my mom, or sometimes with one of my aunties or uncles. I give them kissies, and I can't wait for Passing of the Peace! Once while we were passing the peace, I stuck my tongue in Deacon Cookie's mouth. It was an accident, but I was so excited about Passing the Peace of Jesus and the "Big Dog" (God), I couldn't help it.
 
To me, Stewardship is about sharing what you have. We don't have lots of money, but we can do other stuff. I help out as much as I can, because it's important! I give what I can to everybody. I give licks and love to people when they are sad or scared, because that's what you do in Healing Ministry - you pray and make humans feel better. The choir needs my help too, to keep together and in tune. I even process into the church to show them how it's done. I go to Vestry meetings, coffee hours, and even Bible study. And have you seen me in my Daughters of the King shirt? My official title is the D.O.G. of the D.O.K.
 
We like new humans to come to our church, no matter who you are or what you have to share. We just want you to come support the church. The "Big Dog" is waiting for you.
 
Lots of LicksEmojiEmoji,
 
Pickles
(I'm kind of a big 'dill'! Emoji lol)