Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26).
Every fall, St. Stephen’s invites our community to commit a financial contribution to support the parish in the coming year. Stewardship season offers us a time of reflection of what has been and what is to come for our faith community. Over the past year, your contributions have allowed us to serve our community through vaccine drives and our work with community programs such as Montrose Grace Place, Lord of the Streets, and so much more. We ask you to prayerfully consider your ability to commit to supporting our parish with your monetary donations.
The theme for this year’s stewardship campaign is Go. Partner. Build for Light.
Recently in Sunday worship, we read in the gospel of Luke that Jesus sent out 72 disciples in pairs to go everywhere he planned to visit. His direction to his friends was to go two by two, to offer peace, to be about the work of listening and healing, and to return (Luke 10:1-23). Using this text as the basis forprayer and theological reflection, a group of 15 disciples from St. Stephen’s met in July to ground our community spiritually as we begin the process of implementing the Trinity Wall Street Mission Real Estate grant for pre-development services. The fruit of this retreat was the command to Go. Partner. Build for Light.