Stewardship at St. Peter’s
"There is always a storm. There is always rain. Some experience it. Some live through it. And others are made from it." -- Shannon L. Alder
As we make our way through 2021 it is truly evident we, the parishioners of St. Peter's, are truly made from it. How wonderful it is to see all we have accomplished this year and the many challenging events that lie head.
As we occasionally assess our personal goals and how we expect to accomplish them, we also are responsible to evaluate and assess our personal stewardship goals. Regularly and consistently reflecting on God's blessings reminds us that we are called to manage those blessings and to share them with others as a demonstration of our gratitude. These past two years during COVID pandemic St. Peter's was fortunate to have received the PPP funds from the Federal Government of more than $50,000 each year. The receipt of those funds allowed us to grow and not to use our endowment funds while meeting our financial obligations. This was a blessing in itself. Now that this will end soon, what a gift of gratitude it would be if we, the parishioners, would be able to increase our giving/stewardship to allow our endowment to group and make up the funds received by the PPP. This is a time for all of us to realize that each of us has a responsibility to live as God's stewards and support the ministries of St. Peter's, which are reaching and making a difference in the lives of so many.
This year we are providing an opportunity for parishioners and supporters of St. Peter's to fill out and send their pledge to the Stewardship Committee on line. When you fill out and submit your pledge form on this page you will receive a confirmation card that you can bring with you for Stewardship Sunday.
On Stewardship Thanksgiving Sunday, October 24, we gather Stewardship Pledge Cards and Pledge Confirmation Cards from parishioners and place them on the altar at St. Peter's in grateful thanksgiving. If you can't be present at church on that day, just mail your pledge card in advance and we'll include it on the altar with other pledge cards on Stewardship Thanksgiving Sunday. Mail or turn in your pledge card so it can be part of those placed on the altar Oct. 24. Pledge cards may also be filled out at any time and sent to the attention of the Stewardship Committee Chair, St. Peter's Church, 115 St. Peters St, Salisbury, MD 21801.
How much to give?
The standard of giving in the Episcopal Church is the Tithe (10% of income). If that is difficult, you may want to work toward the tithe in 2022 by incrementally increasing your giving each year to help St. Peter’s realize our vision. What you pledge in thanksgiving to God and to further God's mission is up to you. Thank you for your prayerful consideration.
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.