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         Giving With an Attitude of Gratitude

     Although we have a Stewardship Campaign in the fall, motivating parishioners to being good stewards is a year-round endeavor.  The Vestry, and most specifically, the leads of that ministry, make various attempts to help congregants proclaim, by word and example, what the Lord has done for us. We take seriously the words of Matthew as spoken in Chapter 6, verses 19-21:   "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

     St. Mary’s outreach, demonstration of fellowship, commitment to evangelization, and pastoral concern for those in need are only possible because of our volunteers who are willing to give of their time, talent and treasure.   Every volunteer has an attitude of giving for the benefit of others. It is our hope that stewardship is a way of life, not a yearly response to a request for tithing.  We are making a concerted effort to tap the specific gifts of members, be they in music, technology, cooking, hospitality, etc.  "Each of you should use whatever gifts you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."

1 Peter 4:10