Stewardship This Year: What to Expectby Fr. Daniel+ on October 28, 2021
It’s time for our annual focused financial stewardship effort, so today I’d like to let you know what you can expect. We’ll spend more time on the spiritual and pastoral dimensions of giving in the coming weeks, so for today, it’s just practical details.
You can expect two mailings. The first, which will go out in the next few days, will be from the Finance & Administration committee on our Bishop’s Committee. It will include an update on where we are financially as a congregation. If you made a pledge for 2021, it will include a current pledge statement as well.
The second letter will go out the week following and will be from me. It will focus on the spiritual discipline of giving and will include my own pastoral observations of where we are as a congregation. As I’ve done in year’s past, it will also include what Lucy and I intend to pledge to our respective churches in 2022. This mailing will include a pledge card and a return envelope. When you receive your pledge card, please complete it and either mail it back to the church or place it in the offering plate the next time you’re at worship. Please do so by November 21, as our final budgetary planning will happen early in December.
Please note that we will not have a big Consecration Sunday event this year where everyone brings their pledge cards up to the altar at the same time, on the same day. Instead, we’re asking folks to return pledge cards within a certain time window (by Nov. 21). We do have some celebrations planned for November, though. All Saints Sunday is November 7th; Confirmation Sunday is November 14th; and on November 21st, we’re having a new event…a Wildflower Stomp! More details are forthcoming, but the short version is that after worship on Nov 21 we’re going to ‘stomp’ some bluebonnet seeds in our great big churchyard so they’ll bloom this spring. The technical theological terminology for this event, “Wow, super fun!”
Additionally, as we’ve done before, for the next few weeks we’ll hear from different members of our congregation. However, this year will be a little different. In years’ past, the lay testimonies we’ve heard have focused on financial giving. We’ll hear some of that this year, to be sure, but right now, in a time when we’re still a bit scattered and many of us dearly miss so much of the tangible experience of our church community, I’m inviting our lay speakers to focus not only, or even primarily, on financial giving, but on what St. Liz means and has meant to them personally. Our speaker this Sunday will be a member of our youth confirmation class, which we’ve not had in some time.
See you Sunday for our last week of ‘Outside October!’ Halloween costumes are a-okay.