2020 Stewardship Appeal

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We are grateful for YOU! Thank you for being the church in the world and being part of St. Philip Lutheran Church. We cannot be church without you, for the church is not the building, but the people. THANK YOU!
 
In 2021, St. Philip Lutheran Church will work towards fulfilling its new strategic plan, which was recently approved by church council. We will be guided by our mission statement: At St. Philip Lutheran Church, we intentionally build relationships through Christ to grow and serve. We have created a new ministry structure of Gather, Serve and Celebrate and will use a small group model to aid us in our gathering. We cannot do this without you!
 
We pray that you will join us during this exciting time! We know these are uncertain times and you may not be comfortable gathering in person or your finances may be uncertain. We invite you to join us on this journey in the ways you are most comfortable, virtually or in person. We ask that you consider financially supporting St. Philip Lutheran Church and making a statement of intent for 2021. You may not be able to give as much as you once gave or you may be blessed and have been saving money during this pandemic and are able to give or increase your giving. Remember, your giving (tithe) is a spiritual practice and we encourage you to pray about it, talk to God about your giving to St. Philip Lutheran Church.
 
We understand there are many places for you to support and give to. We are grateful for your support and financial contributions to St. Philip Lutheran Church. We do ask that everyone, no matter the dollar amount, make a statement of intent. This helps us as a church to plan for the coming year and make our budget.
 
As you consider your financial contribution for 2021, we invite you to read the 2020 Stewardship Appeal brochure to learn more about the strategic plan and what will be happening at St. Philip this next year. It is exciting! When you give an offering to St. Philip Lutheran Church, you are helping your church to fulfill its mission! Think of the impact you are making on all of the people who are touched by St. Philip Lutheran Church: our children, youth and adults, our neighbors, the community of Sheridan, our country and people around the world!
 

Your generosity makes an enormous impact! Thank you for your support of the ministry of St. Philip Lutheran Church.

 

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Share Your Harvest, If You Are Able

 

John the Baptist went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…. And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” – Luke 3:4, 10-11
 
God’s people have traditionally given thanks and celebrated God’s abundance at harvest time, when farmers close out their growing season. In 2020, North Americans once again rejoice that our land has produced plenty of food. And many Americans, blessed with stable jobs and rebounding investments, can give thanks for a harvest of financial and personal blessings as well.
 
But millions of us and our neighbors are struggling. Covid-19 has caused massive joblessness, pushing countless families into poverty. Hunger and homelessness are skyrocketing. Federal, state and local safety-net programs are breaking, and food banks, shelters and other charities are overwhelmed.
 
The rising need presents an opportunity for God’s people who are blessed with more than enough to help siblings in need. This year, consider celebrating your harvest of blessings not only by giving thanks but also by donating generously – of your time, talent, money or goods – to a local food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen or charity. Our congregations could lead this effort with a campaign, “Harvest of Giving.”
 

Our hurting, struggling neighbors need to know not only that Covid-related misfortune is not their fault, but also that God and God’s people are standing with them, supporting them with love and help. The best way is for those who are blessed with an abundant harvest to share it with those whose harvests are lean.

–Rob Blezard

Copyright © 2020, Rev. Robert Blezard. Pastor Blezard serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA, and works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com.