Cultivate Your Garden
It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year already since the Stewardship Team introduced St. Timothy’s to the 2016 “Cultivating Our Garden” Campaign. When the Team met for the first time last year and discussed how we wanted to approach our campaign, the Garden Theme seemed fitting for where we were in our Parish life, and as our Stewardship Moment speakers shared their reflections with all of us, it became evident that we are all “gardeners.” Last year was a year of planning, planting and nurturing the new growth.
When your 2017 Campaign Team met earlier this year to begin planning, our conversations revolved around how much we’ve accomplished in just a year. Many of the new ministries we “planted” last year are beginning to flourish. We have several new families that have joined us. Several of us have stepped out of our comfort zones to explore new areas of ministry or new ways of supporting St. Timothy’s mission. In this interim period between rectors, several of us have taken on expanded or new leadership roles. In 2017, all of us will have the opportunity to help our new Rector put down roots and get to know St. Timothy’s and discover all of the many gifts that God has bestowed upon our Parish.
Over the course of our Campaign, we’re going to hear from representatives from several of these ministries and leaders. They’re going to share with us “What’s Growing On” in their programs, so we can all learn more about upcoming activities and the vision for 2017 (and beyond) for programs that may not directly touch us, but are important to our Parish Community and the broader community at large. Who knows? As you hear about the great things happening with our Youth or Children’s Ministry or Outreach or Music or Senior Programs, you might see an opportunity for you to get involved in something new or different or a way to give of your time, talent and treasure in a way that a year ago may not have been possible or clear to you.
We’ll also hear from some inspiring voices from the pews. We’re all learning and growing with each passing day, and we all have the opportunity to nourish our faith, our roots if you will, and continue to grow closer to God. As we deepen our relationship with God and let Him guide us in carrying out His mission here on earth, we’ll bear more of the Fruits of the Spirit that our youngest members taught us about after their weekend Bible school this Summer.
Jesus used the imagery of gardening in many of his teachings. Who hasn’t heard the parable of the sower, whose seeds fell on rocky soil, on hard packed soil, amid thorns and in fertile soil? How often did Jesus refer to seeds, harvests, vineyards, crops, measures of wheat, weeds and fruits in His teachings? It wasn’t coincidental….We all need food to live, and the
Pledge cards are available for downloading on St Timothy’s website. Again this year, there are separate cards for your gift of your treasure and your gifts of your time and talent. If you’re ready to make your commitments now, please feel free to do so today. If you need to think about what and how you’d like to give, feel free to take a few weeks to prayerfully consider what you’d like to do. If you’re not sure about a particular ministry and want to know more, feel free to seek out any of our speakers after their Stewardship Moments to learn more.
You may mail your pledge cards back to the church office, or you can drop them in the basket in the lobby. As each pledge is received, we’ll add an apple to the tree at the front of the sanctuary, and we’ll collectively watch our tree begin to bear fruit. Our campaign will conclude on October 30th. On that day, we’ll bring all of the pledges of time, talent and treasure to the altar for a blessing. If you have any questions or concerns at all about Stewardship, please feel free to reach out to any member of the Stewardship Team: Nancy Gentry, Jennifer Schmittling, Margaret Utter or Debbie Freeman.