Our annual Gift of Treasure Campaign is off to a good start. As of 1/14 we have received 663 pledges for a total of $1,576,107. Thank you for your generous response to God’s call!
If you haven’t pledged yet, there is still time! Just pick up a commitment card at the church or Pastoral Center, complete it, and return it to the office or drop it in the offertory basket. God can’t be outdone in generosity and will bless you abundantly for your gift.
REMINDER FOR FAITH DIRECT GIVERS – if you changed your pledge amount, don’t forget to log onto Faith Direct and double-check or update your auto-payment amount to match your pledge by the end of December. St. Mary staff can’t change your pledge amount.
What is a Stewardship Parish?
You might ask “what is a Stewardship Parish? A Stewardship Parish gives back a “tithe of the tithes.” This means that we make sure that 10% of the offertory (or tithes) we receive from our generous parishioners is given back to God in gratitude and thanksgiving. We give our tithes (from your tithes) all year long to various worthy causes. In return, we limit the amount of fundraising that happens on our campus so that you are not constantly bombarded with second collections and “asks” for money. In this way, we are able to focus on the Word of God and Jesus in the Eucharist without the distraction of being solicited for donations during our sacred time with the Lord.
God asks only for a tithe, or a tenth, in thanksgiving for what he has done. But what should you give? He asks us to give of our time, talent, and treasure, not because he has a need for these gifts, but because he knows that we need to give for our own happiness. Then, when he sees our response in love, he gives us even more of his love and grace. So, what begins as a gift from God, becomes a gift to God, and results in a greater outpouring of love and grace from God.
The Stewardship categories of Time, Talent, and Treasure underscore the four core values of an authentically lived Christian life: identification with Christ, trust in God, gratitude toward God, and love for God and each other.