Stewardship

Ministries

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Vestry, Finance, Property

My church is composed of people like me - I help make it what it is.
It will be friendly - if I am.
Its pews will be filled - if I help fill them.
It will do great work - if I work.
It will make generous gifts - if I am a generous giver.
It will bring other people into its worship and fellowship - if I invite and bring them in.
It will be a church of love and faith - if I, who make it what it is, am filled with these same things.
Therefore, with the help of God, I will dedicate myself to the task of being all the things that I want my church to be.

Will We Ever Have Enough Stuff?

We moved to New Jersey from Philadelphia in the year 2000.  When we moved from Philly, we labeled our "stuff" boxes "attic" and we conscientiously put them in their proper location.  Fourteen years later, they're still in their proper location and have never been opened.  But, can we get rid of the stuff?  No Way!  We don't even know what stuff is in the boxes.

We are a Stuff Society.  It doesn't matter if we're rich or poor, we accumulate stuff.  The trend now is when we run out of space in our basement, garage, or attic for our stuff, we rent space in a self storage area.  Our stuff  is in a "climate controlled" garage.   A whole new industry has been founded for our stuff.

And guess what!   No matter where we store our stuff, we can't take it with us.  Have you ever seen a U-Haul attached to a hearse?

Why are we so attracted to temporal stuff which we can't take with us, but reluctant to have faith in the words spoken over two thousand years ago, which is still true today.   

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of "tithing," which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it's also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It's about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. 
from The Episcopal Church website


If you would like to contribute to the mission and ministry of St. Mary's, speak to a member of our Vestry or call the church office.