Shining Our Light: Stewardship 2020

I’m excited by this year’s stewardship theme, “Shining Our Light.” That theme, taken from the fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, speaks to us as individuals and as a community of faith.

Individually, each of us is called to make sure we are letting God’s light shine through our work, our friendships, our service and our giving. We are called to be light bearers. It is a powerful calling.

As a faith community, St. Paul’s is called to shine the light of Christ through our worship, welcoming, pastoral care and ministry to the wider community. How we use our time, talents, and treasure determines how brightly we are shining our light.

At St. Paul’s, I’m often blown away by the various ways members of our church keep their light shining brightly. Some of us volunteer to teach Sunday School to foster a love of Jesus in our children, youth and adults. Others participate in our worship either by singing in the choir or assisting in the service. Still others prepare the worship space with flowers or altar vestments. Many of us also represent the church in our participation of various community service programs in our community.

While during this pledge drive, each of us is asked to make a generous financial pledge for the coming year, I’m also grateful for the many gifts of time, food, and skills from virtually every member of this church.

As we move forward in our first year with our new rector, I hope you’ll join me as we work together to make our light shine even brighter in our Church, in our community and in our lives.

Please click here for our online pledge card. Pledge cards are being mailed to parishioners soon, if you did not receive one, additional printed pledge cards will be available in the Narthex.  I ask that you pray about your pledge and then return the card. Please return your card on or before “In Gathering Sunday” on November 3rd.

Our Stewardship Commission is dedicated to securing the present future fiscal and spiritual health of our parish. We do this through a variety of programs that extend beyond a traditional fall pledge campaign.

WAYS TO DONATE TO ST. PAUL’S

There are several ways to make a donation to St. Paul’s. You can drop your check or cash in the plate on Sunday mornings. Many people pay by having an automatic payment sent from their checking account to the church on a monthly basis.

IRA DONATION

If you are over 70 you can make a donation directly from your IRA. Simple tell your broker or IRA fund manager to make the disbursement payable to St. Paul’s and have the check sent to the church. Please be sure to let the office know to look for the check since it will have the fund name on it and not necessarily your name. Please consult your tax accountant about the details of this type of gift.

STOCK DONATIONS

You may also make a donation of appreciated stock directly to St. Paul’s and this may save you capital gains taxes. (Please consult your tax specialist). The donations are made through LPL Financial within Amegy Bank. Please contact Robert Moyes via email or phone at (713) 232-2032 for the details on setting up the stock transfer.