Stewardship Drive – Journey to Generosity 2017

“All things come of thee, O Lord.  And of thine own have we given thee.”  (Offertory sentence)

What belongs to us?  It is a Christian conviction that we belong to God: God created us for God’s purposes of love, healing, and reconciliation.  As such, all we are and all we have belongs to God. This is the hidden polemic in Jesus’ question when he takes a Roman coin and says, “Whose image is on it?  Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.”  (Mt. 22:21)  What image is imprinted on us?  To whom do we belong?  To whom do we render our lives?

Stewardship is about how we honor the relationship that holds our being.  It is about much more than money and wealth.  It is about how we move in the world.  It is about how we represent this grace given to us through Christ in the other relationships in our life.  Do we extend the forgiveness that God has given us?  Do we seek to repair wrongs in the world, even wrongs we have committed?  What joy manifests in our life that can be offered to the body of Christ?

While Stewardship is not only about money and wealth, it is nonetheless about money and wealth.  That is because money holds a mystery for us.  What part of us do we still withhold from God?  Can we give our whole life over to the love of God–not just to let God love us, but to let ourselves love ourselves with the love of God?  When we give generously of our money, we spiritually open ourselves to be vulnerable to God’s love.  When we give to the church, we give ourselves over to intimacy within a community.  


This year’s annual pledge campaign is Journey to Generosity.  Moving toward God’s generous love for us is a journey, indeed.  While we receive God’s love, we are blessed.  And when we give back to God, we receive an even greater blessing.  In this we learn the truth that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  (Acts 20:35)

Please consider making a pledge to St. Thomas’s annual budget and to its legacy as a beneficiary of your estate.  This will empower our community to be a beacon of God’s love, forgiveness, and repair in the city of Sunnyvale and beyond.

PLEDGE SUNDAY – NOVEMBER 5TH

This Sunday, please prayerfully consider joining us as participants and caretakers of the faith community at St. Thomas as we offer our pledges in support of the church and its ongoing ministry and care for the parish and surrounding community. Offerings will be made during both the 8:00 and 10:30am worship services.

Pledge cards are available on the table at the back of the Narthex just inside the big red doors leading to the sanctuary, see Directions & Campus Map.

You may contact Pr. Salying (pastorsalying@stthomas-svale.us) or our treasurer, Jim Cobb, (finance@stthomas-svale.org) for more information on how to pledge.

Other ways to contribute financially:

eScrip: Sign up for the eScrip program – have contributions made to Saint Thomas whenever you shop at one of the participating merchants and restaurants, including Safeway. The good news is that it’s free to you. The participating merchants and restaurants provide the contributions. Follow the links to obtain a current list of participating restaurants and merchants eScrip Family of Merchants and eScrip Dining.

AmazonSmile is another creative way to give.

  1. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice – consider “St. Thomas Episcopal Church – Sunnyvale, CA
  2. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon, same products, same prices and same service.
  3. Support us by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

As with any form of giving, it is a gift without any strings attached or an expectation placed on the person or family. It is our response to God’s invitation for us to participate in a real and practical way in the work and life of Saint Thomas.

For assistance and questions Contact Us.

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Stewardship Events – Oct 25th & Nov 1st

from the 2015 Stewardship Committee…

Isaiah speaks of God’s preference for the poor, outcast and weak. He paints a vision of the Kingdom of God on earth, as it is in heaven, establishing justice for all people but especially those who are burdened by physical, social or economic circumstances:

[su_quote]Strengthen the feeble hands, steady the knees that give way; say to those with fearful hearts, “Be strong, do not fear; your God will come, he will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you.[/su_quote]

We are challenged with making this reality in our midst as proof of our faith. Just as Jesus reached out to touch and heal the deaf and the mute, we too are to reach out and present the Kingdom of God in our midst.

As stewards of our faith we are called to act in the reversal of fortune of the unfortunate with the same perseverance and universal grace God pours out upon the whole world through Jesus welcoming all people to God’s table.

So whom will we welcome at God’s table this coming year at St. Thomas?

How will we present the Kingdom of God on earth with our acts of faith?

We are entering into the time of year to reflect upon our own gifts and what we can pledge of ourselves. The call to action of this year’s stewardship campaign is for us to pledge our energies, skills and financial resources to sustaining and growing the ministries of St. Thomas in order to continue to create a welcoming table for all in our community.

Throughout this season’s Stewardship Campaign, we will be highlighting and celebrating the many ministries that make up our beloved community. This celebration will continue with the Stewardship Luncheon on Sunday, October 25.

We will then present our pledges at the altar on All Saint’s Sunday, November 1.

We ask you to keep in mind that good stewardship begets good stewardship. Please reflect gratefully and thoughtfully on what you and your family can contribute to the St. Thomas church community in the coming year.

With gratitude,
Ann, Paul & John

Ann Kopischke, Paul Barics, and John Pietrzyk
2015 Stewardship Committee

QUESTIONS or NEED ASSISTANCE?

If you have any questions or would like to request a pledge card, Contact Us and select “Stewardship” from the drop-down menu.

Additional pledge cards are also available in a wall display located in the Narthex at the entrance to the Sanctuary, see Directions and Campus Map.

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Stewardship Campaign 2014

Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas

What are you grateful for at St. Thomas? The 2014 Stewardship Campaign focuses on gratitude for the community of St. Thomas Church.

Throughout this past stewardship year we have celebrated the ‘beloved community’ at St. Thomas. A beloved community is a gathering of people who have voluntarily sacrificed some portion of their individualism in order to support the hope for a more compassionate world that follows the teaching of Jesus Christ. We strive for a world of justice and peace, a world where the lowly are lifted up, the hungry are filled and all people are guided by a spirit of love. As a beloved community we at St. Thomas have voluntarily come together to work for these things.

Call to Action

We are entering into the time of year to reflect upon our own gifts and what we can pledge of ourselves. The call to action of this year’s stewardship campaign is for us to pledge our energies, skills and financial resources to sustaining and growing the ministries of St. Thomas.

Share your Gratitude

Let us take time to reflect on our gratitude for the individuals who have come together to give of their time, talents and resources to create and sustain the vibrant ministries that are such a vital part of our beloved community at St. Thomas.

As we begin this year’s pledge campaign, the Stewardship Committee would like to know who and what you are grateful for here at St. Thomas. Over the course of the next few weeks leading up to pledge Sunday, you will find cards throughout the church and are invited to share your thoughts.

Learn More about Our Ministries

In the weeks leading up to pledge Sunday, we will be highlighting some of the many ministries at St. Thomas.

Stewardship Events

The Stewardship Luncheon will be Sunday, October 26th and a week later Pledge Sunday will follow on November 2nd when we will gather our pledges at the altar. Stay tuned for more information and announcements of upcoming stewardship campaign events.

Pray and Reflect

We ask that you please reflect gratefully and prayerfully on what you and your family can contribute to St. Thomas church in the coming year.

With Gratitude, Paul Barics, Jon Aderhold, Elizabeth Fitting and Ann Kopischke, 2014 Stewardship Committee

Questions?

For questions or more information, please Contact Us*

*From the drop-down menu under AREA OF INTEREST, select “Stewardship”

Excerpts above taken from “Stewardship Campaign 2014 – Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas” reprinted by permission from October edition of Beyond a Doubt parish newsletter. For the full message, go to: Gratitude for the Beloved Community at St. Thomas

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