Thanksship and Stewardgiving 2017

by Marc Franson, Canvass Co-Chair

At the start of November, we express our stewardship on Pledge Sunday, which is November 6th. At the end of November, we celebrate Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving and stewardship are intertwined and interconnected because they both are rooted in gratitude for what God has given us.

On Pledge Sunday, we ask every member of the Holy Comforter family to make a commitment to the financial support of the parish. In REALITY, we have fewer than 300 pledging units to support a $1.2 million parish budget, so it is important that everyone make a pledge. And it is important to get your pledge in by Pledge Sunday to help the Vestry plan and budget for 2017.

But Stewardship is also part of our individual and collective SPIRITUALITY. Like the end-of-the month Thanksgiving feast we will all partake in, Christian stewardship is responding in generosity to the abundant blessings God has bestowed upon us. It is a response to a loving God who has given us much and challenges us not to hold on to it for ourselves. Stewardship demands our prayerful consideration and action to do the work of Christ here and beyond.

Our COMMUNITY exists only because of you and to continue our wonderful services, programs and ministries it deserves your support for next year and for the years to come.

So welcome, November. Where stewardship and thanksgiving intersect. Happy Thanksship and thank you for your Stewardgiving!