Annual Stewardship 2022
A family of faith sharing Christ’s
love, ministering to human and
spiritual needs of the church
Dear Trinity family and friends:
As we reflect on the unprecedented events that have occurred around us due to COVID-19, a thought has stayed with me that I want to share with you. It is the idea of COMING HOME. Our HOME is much more than a place where we sleep and eat each day. HOME is our safety zone, our sanctuary, our place to get away from the craziness of the world around us and restore our energy for another day. During the last year, our homes also became our offices, our schools, our virtual meeting spaces and, for Trinity’s members, a place to worship through live-streamed or recorded worship services. HOME was a stay-cation, a campground, a hotel spa, or even, a place of tension, anxiety and cabin fever. Yet throughout this time, we were usually happy to COME HOME, whether it was from a face-masked trip to ShopRite or a few hours at a largely unmanned office to pick-up more work stuff. HOME is comfortable to us; we are familiar with its predictability. HOME, with its unique décor and our treasured items, is an extension of us. The happy anticipation of returning home is one of life’s pleasures. The smells of HOME are comforting, like a pot of soup simmering on the stove. At times, we may wish that we never had to leave the HOME we grew up in.
During our faith journey with God, Trinity has become HOME for worship and fellowship as well as a place to discern God’s spirit providing us direction toward what God wants for us, not what we want from God. Our church HOME can also be our sanctuary and safety from the surrounding world of greed and inequality. In many ways COVID-19 interrupted our relationship with our church HOME. Now, as we cautiously emerge from COVID-19 and all of its effects on society and our day-to-day lives, let’s commit to COMING HOME TO TRINITY AND GOD.
Please consider this scripture from the Acts of the Apostles as the early Christian church was forming after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension to God:
“Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day, the Lord added to their number who were being saved.” (Acts 2: 43-47)
For these early Christians as well as for us, home has a dual meaning. God is with us, at all times, and wants us to feel the love and security of HOME. Especially now, we thank God for being with us and providing us so many gifts – health, food, shelter, family – both at church and at our houses. God has blessed Trinity with generous members and friends who have sustained this church home, of which God made us stewards. Trinity’s members and friends have carried on God’s work in worship and ministry despite the challenges. We look forward to welcoming back those who needed to remain at HOME. We thank God for providing us the spirit and faithfulness to keep our Trinity home going.
In this spirit, the Interpretation & Stewardship Committee is asking you to prayerfully consider making a financial pledge for 2022. Our pledge is a guidepost for what we think we can do for next year, realizing that the future is always uncertain. We give thanks to God his guidance to determine the plan for our church. Some in our church family may have experienced financial hardships due to the COVID-19 response. If you have experienced financial impacts, it is understandable that you may not be able to make a pledge to Trinity for 2022. God knows each of our hearts, and it is our hope that you will continue to support Trinity with your gifts of time, talent, and treasure if you are not able to make a 2022 pledge at this time. We ask that you respond to either pledge or not to pledge for 2022 through the safe, confidential, and secure internet link blue button provided below or by completing a pledge card included in your annual stewardship packet and returning it to the church in the envelope provided. We would ask that you only make your decision on a 2022 financial pledge after a time of discernment and prayer, so that God may guide your decision. If you did not receive a pledge card or if you have any questions or comments about Trinity’s financial stewardship or your 2022 pledging, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (732) 214-1102.
Yours in Christ,
Bob Carson, Chairperson
Interpretation & Stewardship Committee
367 Cranbury Rd. East Brunswick, NJ 08816 | 732.257.6636 | www.trinity-pc.org