Tis the Season

From now through November 19, 2017 we are inviting every parishioner to join us in a prayerful and thorough look at the gifts of time, talent, and treasure that we enjoy. In turn, we look to how we can better respond to God for the gifts that he has given us by making a return to God with those gifts. Join us in learning more about our role as stewards and committing to the practice of stewardship as disciples of Jesus.


‘Tis the Season

As if the retail industry hasn’t reminded us already, ‘tis the season! For what? Well from now till as far off as May, there will be a holiday every few weeks. We saw it starting with Halloween and all the kids dressing up in the cutest and scariest costumes. For a couple weeks too, I think it has been pumpkin-spiced-everything season, which only reminds us that we are very quickly staring down Thanksgiving.
Christmas is right behind with New Years on the wing. Valentine’s Day leads to St. Patricks Day, which is only a prelude to Easter. Thus the seasons go on and on. It reminds me of a very special verse in the Bible which many of us know only because it was made into a famous song by The Byrds. The poem from Ecclesiastes that everything has its season…

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens.
A time to give birth, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

And in kind admittance that everything will find its proper time, I would like to make you aware of another season that our parish community celebrates. One that slips in right before Thanksgiving, with an eye toward making plans for the year ahead. For us, we begin the Season of Stewardship. It is a time where all of us are invited to examine with gratitude the giftedness which God has bestowed on us and how we might pledge ourselves to making a gracious return of those gifts to God’s greater glory.

In the coming weeks, we should all receive a letter in the mail from our pastor Fr. Sergio initiating the season. We will hear from fellow parishioners on why and how they respond to call of stewardship. A full report of the parish’s resources highlighting our time of prayer, the hours volunteered, and financial management will all be detailed in the bulletin.

And then through prayer, we will be asked to consider how each one of us can make a plan to contribute to the good work of Saint Andrew Parish in the coming year, through the many seasons we will labor together as disciples of Jesus.

I hope you will join me in making the most of this blessed season. Not by just filling out a card and pledging a commitment, but by taking time to slow down and pray about the gifts we are given, and how we can best use them for our own good, the good of our families, and the good of the world. That is what this season is for. A Season of Stewardship. May I be the first to wish you Seasons Greetings!

-David Heimann, Pastoral Associate

To have a sneak peak at the parish annual report read more.

If you are ready to make your commitment to stewardship of Saint Andrew for the coming year, complete the Commitment Form.

 

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