Annual Stewardship

                                                             

                                                                   

A family of faith sharing Christ’s     

love, ministering to human and

spiritual needs of the church

and community.

 

 

October 19, 2020

Dear Trinity family and friends:

Please consider this scripture from the Book of Ecclesiastes:

 

For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

a time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

a time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

a time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and time to dance;

a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

a time to seek, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

a time to tear, and a time to sow;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

a time to love, and a time to hate;

a time for war, and a time for peace.

Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother’s womb, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything.

Even those who live many years should rejoice in them all; yet let them remember that the days of darkness will be many. 

 

This scripture is particularly appropriate for the last six or seven months, in the unprecedented time of coronavirus, which has literally affected every part of our daily lives.  As we look ahead in the coming months, I would like us to focus on this part of the scripture:

 

Just as you do not know how the breath comes to the bones in the mother’s womb, so you do not know the work of God, who makes everything.

 

The reality that we often lose sight of is that God, who created the world and the universe around us, owns everything we have.   God owns our home, our possessions, and our lives.    God gave each of us different gifts talents and skills to be able to learn, to work, and to use our gifts to earn money to provide shelter, food, and things for our daily lives.   God made people, above all other living things, to be stewards of the earth and all that is in it, but the earth really belongs to God.  We frequently, mistakenly, think that what we have is ours alone, and that God is not involved. Two of God’s greatest gifts to us are the ability to love and our free will.  It is from this perspective that we as Christians live. It is only when we embrace this reality of God’s ownership of everything that we can truly be Christians sharing all that we have.   We are called by God to share what we have been given with our families, with others around us, and with God, through God’s church.   God doesn’t need our financial gifts, but God’s church does – to further the word and spirit of God amongst God’s people and the community, both near and far.

 

Coronavirus presents many challenges to us in the way our Trinity family worships, and stays connected with one another.   The challenges of coronavirus will continue for many more months; we long for the day when we can be together in person, shake hands in expressions of peace and fellowship, and embrace each other in Christian love.

 

 I would ask that over the next few weeks, you prayerfully consider all of the gifts that you have been given by God.    They seem especially precious during these challenging times.   We may not have been able to interact in person with all of our families and friends over the last half a year, but it makes our thanks to God for family and friends that much stronger. And, if we have lost family and friends due to COVID-19, it makes our sorrow and grief that much stronger as well, but we thank God for the memories we have of those who have passed and are in God’s care and judgement. 

 

We also realize how prayer and our health are blessings from God for which we need to be truly thankful.  As the Ecclesiastes scripture reminds us, there will always be “days of darkness” in the times of our lives.  We pray for God’s grace and healing to get us through these days.

 

Trinity is blessed with so many caring people who give their time, talents, and treasure to our church in thanks for God each week.   Despite COVID-19, our church is continuing the mission that God is calling us to do, even if it is in different ways than we are used to.  Our church is a source of assurance to us that God is present and wants to continue to grow our faith when we need it the most. 

 

I want to express my personal thanks to all who have continued to provide financial gifts to Trinity Presbyterian Church over this last year. I pray that all of us look within ourselves to see what God has generously blessed us with. Help us to remember that God owns everything and wants each of us to share our gifts as a recognition of our thanks to God.

 

The Interpretation & Stewardship Committee is now asking that you consider making a financial pledge of what you believe God is asking you to give back from your gifts to God’s church for 2021.   Our pledge is really just a guidepost for what we think we can do for next year, a meaningful expression of thanks to God.    We also realize that some in our church family may have experienced financial hardships as businesses and jobs have been significantly affected by COVID-19.  If you have experienced these financial impacts through the loss of employment or significant income, we would not expect you to make a financial commitment to Trinity for 2021.   You may, however, continue to provide your gifts of time, talent, and treasure as you can in 2021 without making a 2021 pledge at this time.   This year, we are asking you to indicate your intentions to either pledge or not to pledge for 2021 through an internet form that is secure and protects your identity and confidentiality. 

The internet link is 2021 Pledge Form.  It is very user-friendly and will only take a minute or two to use, after you have prayerfully considered your situation and God’s gifts to you over the coming weeks.   If your Trinity household consists of a married couple, we would ask that only one spouse use the pledging link for the couple.  Confirmed young adults can also submit a pledge form.  You will receive an email confirming receipt of your 2021 intentions shortly after you submit them electronically. 

 

Please note that we will not be sending out pledge cards via email or the US postal service this year.   If you have any questions or comments about Trinity’s financial stewardship or your 2021 pledging, you should contact me at bjcarson@comcast.net or (732) 214-1102. 

 

 

                                                                        Yours in Christ,

 

 

 

                                                            Bob Carson, Chairperson

                                                           The Interpretation and Stewardship Committee

 

 

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