- Offerings can now be sent on-line via Venmo @stmark-Glastonbury,
- go to https://venmo.com/signup
- Questions on how to use Venmo? Contact Dave Taylor, Financial Secretary,
STEWARDSHIP - A FEW THOUGHTS
Each fall, The Lutheran Church of Saint Mark conducts a formal stewardship campaign, culminating on Pledge Sunday in November. As preparations are underway for the 2021 campaign, I’ve been thinking a lot about stewardship, and want to share some of those thoughts with you.
Stewardship is a way of life – a response to God’s generosity, not because we have to, but because God’s own goodness draws us to respond. Every good thing we have – even our very lives – comes to us from God. And it doesn’t come to us in an unlimited fashion. The gifts we have received are loans to us, from God, to be used according to His will. If you doubt that, take a moment and think about what “possessions” you are going to take out of this world with you!
Stewardship extends to all facets of life: how we care for and use our time and talents, how we care for and use the goods of nature, and how we care for and use the treasures we have been given, whatever those treasures may be. In Mark 10:30, Jesus reminds us that God will not be outdone in generosity. Any sacrifice we make in His service will be rewarded 100-fold in this life and with eternal life in the next. So, stewardship is part and parcel of our partnership with Jesus in bringing salvation to ourselves and to our world, as expressed by The Lutheran Church of Saint Mark’s mission statement “in joy we share Christ’s truth”.
Pennies from Heaven.....Unfinished Business
I am truly amazed and grateful for how faithful the members of St. Mark have been in giving during this extraordinary period. Despite your generosity, however, the closing of our church building, and adverse impact of COVID-19 on some of our church and community members, has resulted in an emerging deficit in St. Mark’s operating budget. At July-end the deficit was about $9,000 and is expected to increase further during the year.
The Pennies from Heaven program was introduced to help offset the projected deficit. It was designed to take advantage of federal stimulus payments that may have been received by individuals/families even though they had not experienced any financial hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need for these funds is great and certain, and I believe we have the means within our congregation to fully offset the projected deficit internally. I thank those families who have contributed already and, by so doing, have taken a leap of faith inspired by Jesus’ promise of both earthly and heavenly reward. I invite others to join them in taking that leap of faith.
Jake Auger, Chair