Dear Parishioners, we again have the opportunity to renew our commitment to God with our time, talent and financial resources.  In 1 Corinthians 4:1 we read: “We are servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”  So, I offer this small thought:

Stewardship “Faith Journey” Prayer:  Creator God, we accepted the call to follow Jesus Christ.  Be with us as we move along our faith journey.  Send us your Holy Spirit, that we might have wisdom for the journey.   Help us to develop and share our gifts as good stewards, that we may use them in love and service in our kingdom.  We ask this through Christ, our Lord.  Amen
Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards thee gifts we receive from God.  It is a measure of our personal commitment to “Building God’s House.”  The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26 “Speak to the Levites and say to the: When you receive from the Israelites the tithe I give you as your inheritance, you must present a tenth of that tithe as the LORD’s offering.”).  The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church.  It is a lifestyle choice that recognizes that everything is a gift from God.  A Christian steward contributes his or her time, talent, prayers, and financial resources with a willing and joyful spirit.

Your pledges make things happen St. Christopher’s.  But, we need an effective budget to balance Church expenses, mission areas, and Christian relief for the 2017 year and beyond.   Please review your commitment to the 2017 Stewardship Campaign and remember to turn in your Pledge Card as soon as possible.

Together in Christ,
Benjamin F. Hill, Stewardship Commission



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