2019 Stewardship Letter
"Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everythingâall she had to live on." Mark: 12:41-44
Dear St. Matthewâs Family,
What an exciting start to the fall weâve had at St. Matthewâs! We are off to such a faithful start to this new season of our life together. In the midst of all things new, the core of who we are as a community hasnât changed. At the heart of this place is our desire to love each other, serve Jesus, and change the world.
About a month ago, we marked together our âWelcome Homeâ Sunday, sparking a number of conversations about what âhomeâ means. Therefore we are focusing our Stewardship in 2019 around âBuilding a Spiritual Home for All.â
We know that St. Matthewâs is a home for so many people. Nearly 150 people worship with us each week. Several hundred people are in and out of the WEPCO complex each week. We have 22 Confirmands this year, up to 50 kids in Church School on Sunday, and joyful adult, boys and girls, youth, and primary choirs. We want to make sure that everyone can find a home here at St. Mattâs -- to be sure there is room for all people to come be themselves, to grow in faith, and to experience and share Godâs love. You are the heart of St. Matthewâs, and together we are building not just our spiritual home â but a home for all.
We hope that you will join us in pledging your financial support for St. Matthewâs as we continue our faithful journey.
A pledge is a spiritual promise, a commitment to the life of our faith community. It is about gratitude, our understanding that all the good things that happen in our lives are gifts from God. If we, like the widow from the parable above, give to the glory of God, our gifts together can enable us to do Godâs work.
We ask that you make your online pledge (stmatthewswilton.org/give) or return your pledge form no later than December 2 when we will celebrate all pledges received during Pledge Sunday. The enclosed pledge form has additional information which you may find helpful. Additional pledge cards are available in the narthex or in the pews.
Thank you for your participation. With your gifts, we will continue our journey together with God.
With abiding gratitude,
The Rev. Marissa Rohrbach, Rector
Peter Denious, Head of Stewardship