Sisters and brothers of All Saints,
As we prepare for 2017 and our 325th anniversary celebration, we feel honored to serve once again as the Stewardship Co-Chairs our annual pledge drive. What makes this year unique, is that we will also be conducting a capital campaign, described in a second letter from our Senior Warden, which is enclosed.
On Sunday, October 2, we will kick off our annual giving campaign: “Living Generously.” In the weeks following, we will explore together how we can live more generously as individuals and as a community of faith. Living Generously is more than what we do with our financial resources — though that is important. To live generously, we are also called to be open to new ideas, to welcome strangers, to volunteer often, and to forgive those who have offended us.
Your generosity, in response to the abundance in your life, will fund the mission and ministry of All Saints and transform lives.
Here is our roadmap for this year’s pledge drive:
• Beginning on Sunday, October 2, and continuing throughout the pledge drive, our bulletins will include reflections written by Episcopal leaders from across the country. These reflections will cover stewardship and faithful giving in connection with the Gospel reading of the day, and we will use them for prayer and study throughout the week.
• Each Sunday, we will hear stories of personal and community transformation from your fellow parishioners and those whose lives we have touched.
• On November 6, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday, the culmination of our exploration, when pledges will be completed and offered as an act of worship and in response to all that God has provided.
The vestry and stewardship ministry team have set a goal of receiving $200,000 in pledge commitments from our community. We will be in intentional prayer that each of us will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful response to being called to Live Generously.
Thank you for joining us as we consider how we can live more fully into a generous life. May our exploration open us to a new spirit of generosity.
Yours in Christ,