I am deeply thankful. How could I not be? For the GIFTS of God. For the GIFT that is St. James Church. GIFTS which we name – in this Stewardship Season – as
TIME TALENT AND TREASURE.
The Generosity of God and of God’s people at St. James has been extraordinary. WERE YOU AT THE FALL FAIR? Perhaps you could not be there? But you know all about it, I am sure.
WE GIVE THANKS FOR:
The TIME we give to bake the bread, or all those cookies and cakes and pretzels. To set up the hall and clean up the hall. To organize volunteers. To plan, plan, plan and then act.
The TALENT we give to stitch, to knit, to imagine all those crafts, to pot the plants, or capture the photos. To paint faces and manicure nails.
The TREASURE we give, not just the trinkets but the financial donations as well.
THE FAIR IS A “THANKS GIVING” CELEBRATION.
WERE YOU ABLE TO ATTEND THE OR THE BAPTISM ON ALL SAINTS’ SUNDAY?
The community re-gathered, GIVING to God our worship and praise in thanksgiving for all God’s gifts, the gift of life itself, and the promises given at baptism. The gift of the child now presented in thanksgiving to God, the gift of the family, the gift of the music, and prayers and the Eucharist.
God’s life-giving Spirit was wildly present in these thankful celebrations.
May this same Spirit inspire you to pledge thankfully as we enter the annual stewardship season, I have every confidence in your generous spirit. I know you will want to give back to God in thanks GIVING.
Along with your yearly pledge, be sure to check out our newly opened St. James Visual Arts Gallery. Our first exhibit is titled “Thanks Giving”. We invite you to submit your art work. Submission guidelines are available in the parish hall and will soon be posted this web sit.
Thankfully, Rev. Dee