St. James’ … MY CHURCH!
Pledge cards for 2019 are now available for all St. James’ members to fill out and submit to the parish office by Sunday, October 14.
Earlier this year, we asked all St. James’ members to help discern a vision of God’s call to us as a parish. Now, as we look ahead to next year, we hope all St. James’ members will pledge to support that vision financially so as to fulfill our mission. So please prayerfully consider how much to give to the church in gratitude for all God has given, trusting that God’s grace is abundant and will flow without ceasing into all of our lives in the year ahead. Remember: we are all called to give from our hearts each in our own way, so no pledge is too small.
David Elliott on September 9, 2018:
“St. James’ has always reached beyond herself and seen the church as something here to serve not only ourselves, but also those less fortunate who live beyond these doors… This is our church too and we are all part of the same family.
This year’s theme is St. James’… My Church. I would maybe add a little to that and say We are the church – All The People – You are what makes St. James’ the loving, caring place it is…
One cannot find a more caring – more loving place than this…As St. Paul says – you rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
I want to share with you why Gay and I give…We give not out of guilt – not out of shame – not because we think God will bless us more if we five more… We give out of thanksgiving and a need to give – a need to share.
Giving really is a sacramental act – a spiritual act shared between you and God, and it’s a privilege. A privilege because it is one way we can return to God a portion of all God has given us. It is God’s – we simply return to God a portion – a small portion of what God has already given us…
I’m not going to stand here this day and tell you how much to give. God will not love you any more or any less based on what we do with what god has already given us…We give to God out of thanksgiving – not out of guilt.
There is a sense of joy e get in giving that I don’t believe we can find anyplace else…I know I felt it when I got married – when my children and grandchildren were born – when my parents and Gay’s parents died… I feel it now when I’m up early in the morning by myself – maybe on a lake or in the woods – or playing golf with one of my children.
It’s a feeling that makes you instinctively want to say Thank You — A feeling that you are blessed in more ways than you can imagine — A feeling that at this one moment you really know who’s in charge — and that at least for an instant, you are in touch with God’s plan.
For me, I need to do this on a weekly basis…Others may need to do it differently…whatever way is best for you – I hope you will pledge to God through St. James’.”
For questions or more information about pledging and stewardship, please contact Judy Johnson in the church office at 601-982-4880 or email@example.com.
To submit your pledge for the 2019 Stewardship Campaign, click HERE.