Stewardship involves our response to God’s blessings and is an important aspect of our faith. We are each stewards of a portion of God’s creation and financial stewardship involves giving back a portion of our wealth to provide for God’s work in the world. From ancient times, we have the notion of giving the first fruits of our labor – the first and best portion – to God.
The Stewardship Committee is currently headed by Linda Doherty. The work of the Committee includes coordinating the Annual Stewardship Drive (October).
2023 Stewardship Theme–More Than Enough
“And taking the five loaves and the two fish, Jesus looked up to heaven, and blessed and broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. And all ate and were filled. What was left over was gathered up, twelve baskets of broken pieces.” Luke 9:16-17
Our stewardship pledge campaign this year focuses upon the miracle of sharing, the ways in which we respond to the Gospel, and the ways in which we sustain our community. Our stewardship theme is biblically grounded in the miracle of The Feeding of the 5,000 which is above all a story about the abundance of God.
At St. Matthew’s, during the month October, we are intentional in taking time to talk about stewardship and how we all share in supporting the mission of our Church. This Sunday, October 9th, at both services, Ann Watters will share highlights of her faith journey and her connection to our parish. The following Sunday, on October 16th, longtime parishioner John Stephenson will share aspects of his faith journey.
One of the great strengths of our parish is that households have made financial stewardship a priority and people give out of their abundance. Our parish rests upon a strong financial foundation because so many make stewardship a priority. In the weeks ahead we will once again ask every household connected with St. Matthew’s to prayerfully consider making a financial pledge for the upcoming year. Stewardship pledge materials will be mailed later this month with a goal of making a completed pledge on Stewardship Sunday, October 23rd. Your yearly financial support through pledging allows St. Matthew’s to continue to sustain our community of faith. Your support at any level will be received with gratitude and be greatly appreciated.
With abundant gratitude,
The Episcopal Church of St. Matthew is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our tax ID number is 94-1186209.