Planting for Today! Spring-Summer 2018

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Classic depiction of Saint Martin sharing his cloak with another on a cold winter’s night

Planting for Today! conversations are being scheduled now with John Cerrato, Kris Gillespie and Jeremy Clark. Parishioners can choose a time on Sundays at 9 or 11:30 am or Tuesdays at 7 or 7:30 pm. Talk to Kris, Jeremy or John about finding a time.

We are meeting with individuals and couples in order to update everyone on our stewardship situation and to hear from you on what you would like to see developed in our ministries. We invite each parishioner to participate in this opportunity. Please reach out to our clergy and wardens, or respond when we reach out to you.

We celebrate our patron Saint Martin of Tours and we are continuing to encourage our annual Pledge Ingathering – pledges made for 2018, both time, talent and treasure. Please fill out a pledge card and place it in the offering plate on Sunday, or send it to the church office. Thank you in advance.

Our stewardship theme for this year has been Journey to Generosity, a timely reminder of our call to express our gratitude to God for all the blessings and gifts of this life.

Pledging is a core spiritual practice. Growing in faith, each of us is nudged to stretch beyond our comfort zones, trusting fully in God’s promise to provide. Giving out of our own abundance and privilege can be both sacrificial and restorative.

Pledging multiplies our ministries. The programming and ministries of Saint Martin’s offer multiple touchpoints for everyone to encounter God’s transformative work in and through our lives: growing our faith community in mind, body and spirit.

Pledging extends our reach. Christ calls us to engage our resources of time, talent and treasure in ways that heal a broken world. What we pledge supports missions far beyond the walls of Saint Martin’s, impacting individuals and organizations across the globe.

Pledging spotlights our priorities. As Christians, we become stewards of peace and possibility and a constant beacon of proclamation and compassion: deliberately giving over our lives and our resources to something larger than ourselves.

1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Only you know what you can give. The amount does not matter as much as your faith-filled participation. Do the best you can with what God has given to you. Your commitment helps Saint Martin’s make an impact on the world. Pledge cards are available on the tables in the church entryways. Let’s journey together along new paths of compassionate generosity so that God may be glorified in all things!

Also, remember there are other ways to support the work of Saint Martin’s. These include:

  • One time donations – end of the year, or at any other time
  • Designated Giving – giving to a particular project
  • Legacy Giving – putting the parish in your will

Talk to John Cerrato about these additional options. It is a great way to connect with our leadership and a good time to do so.