Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another
with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10
Dear Members and Friends of Saints James and Andrew,
This year has reminded us in so many ways of the strength and closeness of our community. Even in these months in which we are physically distant and unable to gather in person, the Spirit has kept us together, connecting us. Many in the media or in our society keep referring to our churches as “closed,” but we were never closed — we continued to follow the Gospel call to live in love with our neighbors, finding ever new ways to seek and serve Christ in all people.
We want to share a story about a particular moment this year in which our generosity of spirit and strength was clear. This year, in the midst of the pandemic, along with continuing Second Helpings and Whitney’s Pantry, we set up a new ministry of Sunday Sandwiches to deliver food to our underserved neighbors after other free resources in our community closed. Many volunteers from Saints James and Andrew gave up their time to shop for, prepare and distribute our offerings. Isn’t this a great example of how God uses us in times of hardship to bless others?
As we look to the year to come, we are more committed than ever to the ministry and love we share with our community and our neighbors. Our ministry is funded through the gifts of its members — your generous offerings given in grace and love. This year we are asking for every member to take part in our stewardship campaign by making a pledge. Included with this letter are materials for making your gift. We encourage you to visit our website at www.saintsjamesandandrew.org to learn more about opportunities to get involved and participate in our congregation.
We will be hearing messages of Faith-Filled Generosity as we move through the weeks of this year’s stewardship season. The Gospel is rich with examples of how our faith kindles our love for each other and our call as followers of Jesus to share our love with the world. We invite you and your household to pray and learn, taking these weeks to consider how your generous response to God’s call has been shaped by this community and the friends who gather with you. Thank you for being a part of Saints James and Andrew and for your faithful, faith-filled gift to our annual campaign.
In the spirit of generosity and love,
Di Kurkulonis, Stewardship Chair
Erica Burns, Elizabeth Keitel, Bryant Morgan, Con Trowbridge, Stewardship Team