Stewardship is a way of Life. It is:
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."
Thoughts From The Stewardship Committee
Over the last 20 years we have seen drastic changes in our world. From September 11th, to the ongoing war on terror and most recently Covid-19. We have had to adapt to each and every situation and we will continue to do so as a unified nation under God’s guidance.
As Christians we always have a personal responsibility to God and our community. Our relationship to God encompasses Stewardship and can be lived out in multiple ways:
1) We need to pray individually
2) We need to communicate God’s wisdom with others
3) We need to volunteer and assist the church in multiple ways: including cleaning after each service, assisting in the office, joining in outreach efforts, and the list goes on.
4) We need to keep up with our pledges as the church still has financial needs and responsibilities.
As we have lived through the last few months with Covid-19, it has been brutal.
In re-opening St. David’s there will be additional needs. We will undoubtedly be focused on cleaning and the most efficient and effective cost to safeguard our most blessed resource, our parishioners.
God Bless each and every person, country and the world.
While considering what to write for April’s stewardship message, I was struck by a piece of wisdom from the airline industry - If the air masks drop down, please fit the mask over your face before trying to assist others. In other words, being good Stewards of what God has given us means we must also take care of ourselves. While we all need to be reaching out to our friends and neighbors, we also need to take care of ourselves and our households. While we are a people of faith, that does not make us immune to stress. With the uncertainty and fear in the current environment, this stress can shorten our tempers, erode our respect for each other, and reduce our common courtesy. This is greatly exacerbated by the need to stay in close quarters with our loved ones for extended periods of time. Unfortunately, I have no suggestion of how to deal with this situation, but thankfully Paul does, when he reminds us:
Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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.