On Sunday, October 24, we will have ONE service at 10:00am for Rally Sunday, which is the kick-off of our 2011 Stewardship Campaign.
Stewardship is the acknowledgement that all we have and all that we are is a gift from God. On Rally Sunday, everyone will have the opportunity to recommit their time, talent, and treasure to the work of God through St. Nicholas.
After the service, we will have a Ministry Fair, which will include a light lunch, and an opportunity to sign up for our various ministry opportunities, or recommit yourself to a ministry you’re already involved in. The Vestry and other ministry leaders will have tables set up so you can ask any questions you might have about a particular area of ministry.
During our Stewardship Campaign, everyone will receive their 2011 Pledge Card which includes both a list of all the ministries you may want to sign up for, and your financial commitment to St. Nicholas in the next year. As you know, the majority of our budget is made up of pledges from parishioners of St. Nicholas. Our goal for 2011 is very aggressive as the Stewardship and Finance Committees are striving to present a balanced budget at our Annual Meeting. Through God’s help and your gifts back to God, we can reach this goal.
Begin now to say your prayers, think about how you would like to participate at St. Nicholas, and talk to your family about what you’d like to commit to for the upcoming year. Anyone can pledge their time, talent, and treasure no matter if you are a newcomer or a long-timer. And no gift is too small! Everything you give to God is a valued contribution! The Bible teaches the concept of “tithing” or giving a minimum 10% off the top of your income as a “first fruits” back to God. Tithing is a spiritual discipline, and one that may take years to develop as your spiritual life deepens. Many folks start small and work their way up over time to reach the tithe. But all of this requires prayer and conversation with family and trusted friends. Fr. Jeff is also available to talk about your stewardship commitments with you at any time. All contributions of your time and money are immensely valuable, because they communicate that you support the work of God in this place and that you want to be a part of that work.
After October 24, you are invited to return your pledge card into the Offering basket during the service as a way of literally giving your pledge to God, or mail it back to the church at any time. We hope to have all the pledge cards returned by November 21, which is the day of our Thanksgiving Potluck, where we will give special thanks for all the pledges received.
God has continually met the needs of St. Nicholas and will continue to do so through the generosity of God’s people. We hope that you will join us as we continue to fulfill our mission of being an example of Christ’s love in this place and reaching our vision of becoming the center of spiritual nourishment in this community.