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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God Equips Us for “New Things”

 

“I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”–Isaiah 43:19
 
Advent and Christmas are all about celebrating that most amazing “new thing” God brought about for our sake – incarnating God’s divine essence in the human form of Jesus, our Savior and Lord.
 
We prayerfully ask at the beginning of every church year, “To what ‘new things’ is God calling us?” But this Advent the question holds special significance.
 
With its racial unrest, political divisiveness, riots, wildfires, hurricanes and COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 will be remembered as one of the most troubled years in recent history. And everybody is bracing for a “new normal” that is still unknown.
 
The pandemic has caused us to cancel many of our cherished Advent and Christmas observances. We pray the Holy Spirit will give us the creativity and wisdom to find new ways faithfully to steward the mystery of the incarnation and tell God’s story.
 
More broadly, we also pray for guidance to steward our lives that we may be, as Jesus directed, the salt of the earth and light to a world that needs us more than ever.
 
As we listen for God’s direction, preparing us for “new things,” the four traditional Advent themes may offer a path. We cultivate these themes in our hearts and congregations and share them with the world:
 
  • Hope as an antidote to the culture of despair.
  • Peace in our hearts to bring to an angry world.
  • Love for our friends and enemies alike.
  • Joy in Christ, who makes all things new.
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God, who promises to make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, will prepare us and equip us to do “new things” to steward our lives and congregations to meet the challenges ahead.

–Rob Blezard

Copyright © 2020, Rev. Robert Blezard. Pastor Blezard serves as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aberdeen, MD, and works as content editor for www.stewardshipoflife.org. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com.