TAKING RESPONSIBILITY for all God entrusts to our care
OUR WITNESS to Christ and for Christ
THANKSGIVING to God for our many blessings
RETURNING to God a portion of what God has given to us
OUR USE OF TIME, TALENT and TREASURE for the Lord
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Pray individually-- Ask God what He would have you do to assist in funding the mission and ministry of St. David's by-the-Sea.
Pray corporately-- Each Sunday we pray that God's will be done at St. David's and pray that God meets our needs.
Reflect on your financial giving to the parish-- Have you been a faithful giver? Have you been a proportional giver or one who tithes? If everyone increased their pledge by a few percentage points, it would make a huge difference.
What other ways can you give to St. David's-- Can you help with painting or repairs. Can you work in the yard, pull weeds or spread mulch, have some computer skills, or help out in the church office?
Shift from being a giver of record to one who pledges.-- If you have been a giver of record, please consider making an annual financial pledge to St. David's. This assists the Vestry in making a realistic budget based on our anticipated income.
Consider making a legacy gift to the Endowment Fund.-- A great way to help in the overall financial health of the parish is to make a legacy gift, a donation of stock or by using some means of deferred giving. Consider making your pledge from your mandatory IRA distribution or appreciated stock...
"Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."
STEWARDSHIP IS A WAY OF LIVING: What does that mean to you?
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms”. 1 Peter 4:10. Many of us hear the word Stewardship and think, money. That is a very important part of our stewardship life and we definitely can’t keep the doors open at St. David’s if we don’t give financially to the church. What each of us can’t forget is that stewardship is about so much more than money. It is about our spiritual lives: using our time wisely, loving and reaching out to others, taking care of our environment, using the gifts God has given us, sharing the love of Christ with others and participating in the life of the church.
The holidays have passed and many of our New Year’s resolutions have long been forgotten. Now, the season of Lent is upon us. It’s our time to reflect on those things that bring us closer to God and others, and those things that keep us apart from God and others. Is God calling you to give Him more of your time through prayer and service? Are there opportunities for you to use your talents at St. David’s? What better way to draw closer to God than to give Him more of your time, talents and treasures. Make stewardship a part of your Lenten season. Stewardship is a way of life, but it is also a season and it lasts all year.
THE START OF A NEW YEAR is both an opportunity to be reflective, and an opportunity to envision new goals. As we begin 2020, I hope we will all experience a revival of our love for our church and enhance our own spiritual journey. This is the perfect time to rededicate ourselves to using our Time, Talent and Treasure to better our church, our community and the world.
MEANINGFUL GIVING: A wise person once told me that the number one reason why donors stop giving is that they stop thinking they (or their gift} do not matter to the organization. I can say without reservation, that is not the case with St. David’s Church. In fact, it is your personal donations that have allowed St. David’s to build this church into an impactful peer-to-peer congregation currently impacting the lives of many people inside and outside the church. A recent award from the Sheriff’s Foundation to this church reflects this good will and charitable giving. Please continue to pledge to support the church activities and donate to support this ongoing effort. Your pledge and outreach giving makes a difference.