Grace Church in Salem

385 Essex Street Salem MA 01970 978-744-2796 [email protected] The Rev. Deborah Phillips, Rector Mark Engelhardt, Lay Associate

Stewardship

Stewardship is ...ALL that we do, with ALL that we have, ALL the time. 


What Is Stewardship? Stewardship is … Everything I do after I say, “I believe.”


God calls us to share in God’s mission of caring for the world, using all the gifts God has given us.  We are stewards, caretakers of God’s gifts.  Everything we have was a gift from God, and God asks us to use it all for God’s purposes.  Generosity flows naturally out of our gratitude for the gift of love, family, and life itself.


In the church, we are stewards of the good news of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ.We are called to share that good news with new generations.  But we live in a world where sharing that news is becoming ever more challenging.  In order to share the good news, we need financial and other resources.


Our worries about stewardship tend to focus on money.  But stewardship is all about mission.  Convince people that the church is doing God’s mission and that it will truly transform our lives and our communities … and each of us is an integral part of that mission … heart, mind and body … and the money will follow.




Walking the Way: Stewardship 2014

On Sunday, October 5th, we will kick off our annual giving campaign: “Walking the Way.” 

 

Over the course of the next six weeks, we will journey together in exploring how the practice of intentional giving deepens our walk with Christ and supports life-giving ministries to our community and beyond. Day by day, week by week, people in and around Grace Church experience their life of faith in new and deeper ways through your commitment. Your generosity generates mission and changes lives.

 

Here is our road map for the next six weeks of our

Walking the Way Campaign:

 

The first leg of the journey begins on Sunday, October 5 and continues through Sunday, November 9. On this part of the way, you will find reflections written by Episcopal stewardship leaders across the country, covering stewardship and faithful giving in connection with the Gospel reading of the day in your worship bulletin. We will use these reflections for prayer, study, and discussion.

 

Also along the way, each Sunday, from October 5th through November 9th, we will hear stories of personal transformation through the practice of intentional giving from your fellow parishioners.

 

Near the end of this trip, on Sunday, November 9th, you will receive your pledge packet. Pray over what your pledge will be over the next six weeks. Bring your pledge card to worship on Sunday, November 16th.

 

As we come to the end of this particular trek, on November 16th, we will celebrate Commitment Sunday, the culmination of the journey, when pledges will be completed and offered as an act of worship.

 



Your Rector, vestry and stewardship ministry team have set a goal of receiving 100% of pledge commitments from our worshiping community. We will be in intentional prayer that all will remain open to letting the Holy Spirit lead and guide us in a faithful response.


We will pray that your giving will come from a deep abiding sense of gratitude for the gift of this community and the gift we have in Jesus, the one who does not leave our side in our walk of faith. Our walk is deepened when we give not from a perspective of “what is my fair share,” or even, “what can I afford”; rather, faith comes alive when we give from a grace-filled and grateful heart. Giving generously gives us strength and hope for the journey ahead.

 

Thank you for Walking the Way in hope and faith.

 

Yours in Christ,

The Stewardship Ministry Team

 

Steve Allen, Chair

Priscilla Lemons

Helen Watson-Felt

Paige Nalipinski

Joanne Moar