Sisters and brothers in Christ,
Peace be with you!
Ah! The temptation was great! I read through last year’s pastor’s letter for October, and wanted to simply copy it and send it again. The letter was all about Stewardship. If you recall, we met last October in worship, followed by a frank discussion about what it means to live and work together to see that God’s work is accomplished in this place for this time. We then joined in a meal together. We are all care-takers of what God has given us: time, talent, and treasure. To be a good steward of God’s gifts is not to simply give more money – – as many of you think when the word stewardship arises – – but it also means sharing of one’s time and talent.
Each year in October, you set a goal – – a budget for the year. This last year we fell below our projected goal. It was not as though we were unable to pay our bills and offer treasure to those agencies and our synod with benevolence monies, but we weren’t able to have the extra for which we hoped to grow our ministry. It is time for each one of us to take stock once again on how we “give” back to God in thanksgiving for what God has given us.
I encourage you to pray and to think about how you can serve our family of faith and to pray about how we can as one family grow our ministry and enliven what we do.
It has been nine years since I was called to serve you as your pastor. After this many years there tends to be a lull in excitement and challenges to fulfill. But there is and always should be excitement to be called children of God and to offer ourselves as living sacrifices for the good of the whole. I look forward to hearing from you about some new and innovative ideas – – some old and some new – – to see that we never lag in zeal for the gospel.
May this “new year” be one of great work and great movement as the Holy Spirit continues to breathe life and hope into our very being.
In Christ, I am your shepherd and servant,