Our Stewardship drive got off to an inspiring start in a combined worship service, November 20th. With the help of the children’s choir, the drama team, a video devotion and sermon, a firm foundation of our theme, “You Can Count on Me” was laid, and our people responded! The membership moved throughout the sanctuary, reviewing 17 ministry team displays, and made their pledge to serve. These pledges of service were noted by the posting of “gift bows” in the sanctuary windows. The white bows represent pledges from men, red bows pledges from our women, and red/white bows those pledges from our youth [18 and under].
If you weren’t able to be with us November 20th, there is still plenty of time to say, “You Can Count on Me!” The ministry team displays will remain open throughout this month, and your opportunity to respond will as well.
The monetary pledges will be received in the narthex. We are asking that as many members as possible make their pledge through Simply Giving [an automated electronic transfer of funds]. This is a safe, secure, reliable form of pledging offerings to the church. Since we are engaging in a building program, it is important that we have a firm commitment from our membership. Please not, that in order to know where we stand in our commitments, we ask that each member make a new pledge for fiscal 2012. Even though current Simply Giving contracts do NOT automatically expire at the end of the year, we do need to know your 2012 commitment. With the addition of a mortgage, we clearly need additional support over and above 2011 giving levels.
We hope that our sanctuary windows will be fully decorated in “gift bows” representing our continued commitment to St. Mark’s ministries for our Christmas celebration this year.
Make a gift of yourself! Pledge your support through a gift of your time, your talents, and your treasures. Let everyone know, “You Can Count on Me!”
Merry Christmas! Blessed New Year!