I remembered Don saying many times that
"Everything we have belongs to God; He just lets us keep some of it."
Whatever happened to our bank account after that first check was written, we’d deal with,
but the first check belonged to God through St. Luke’s.
He believed how you dealt with giving
was a good indicator of your relationship with The Giver.
- Marcia Piermattei
This past Sunday (All Saints Sunday), Marcia Piermattei, the co-chair of our Fall Pledge Campaign Committee, gave a very moving testimonial at the 8 & 10:30 services. She spoke of her beloved husband's death and the financial challenges she faced thereafter. She came to realize that her fears about money became unfounded when she rediscovered her deep trust in God. (Read the full sermon here.)
Gently, but in no uncertain terms, Marcia encouraged each and every one of us to make a pledge for 2018, and if we have already pledged, to think about increasing that pledge. In fact, many of the pledges already received have been significantly increased from last year's level.
It is important to keep in mind that St. Luke's is entering into a new era of self-sufficiency. Since moving into its current building in 1965, St. Luke's has been blessed with funds beyond pledging and plate giving, such as bequests and major one-time donations. These funds for the most part have been used up. That means it is up to the current congregation to provide full financial support for our church.
Surely...but slowly. This is the momentum that characterizes our pledge drive campaign so far. Over the past five weeks we've made a steady climb -- $36,800... $73,750... $150,472... $180,872... $259,297 -- but we still have a way to go. Therefore, we will extend the pledge drive for three additional weeks. The campaign will now conclude on Christ the King Sunday, November 26.
Now is your opportunity to join in God's work at St. Luke's by making a pledge by November 26. You may return a pledge card, or pledge online right now.
St. Luke's Church has so much vitality and potential. God's Holy Spirit is encouraging and guiding us each and every day. All of us must now lend a hand to raise the sail so we can fully realize the future God has prepared for us.