A Note from our 2024 Stewardship Chair, James Forsythe
Dear Saints of All Saints,
The Wardens and Vestry of the Church have designated the month of October as Stewardship Month. The Stewardship program begins on 1 October. The campaign ends on All Saints Sunday, 5 November, with the return of the pledge cards.
Stewardship defines a church’s ability to sustain itself. All Saints has the opportunity to blossom. But remember the extent of the various programs our church supports: ministry, music, preschool, building and grounds, and especially, children and youth.
Over the past few years, the Vestry and Finance Committee has ably pursued several avenues to navigate the pandemic, transition, and other challenges. And now, as Ben and the Vestry begin to envision the next chapter for All Saints, we recognize that the base of donations does not match what we want to offer our community, especially our ministries with children and youth. We are in the process of hiring children’s and youth ministers, both of which are so important for the sustainability of All Saints Church. But, in the long term, these hires will require an added investment in All Saints by the congregation.
Over the course of October, there will be many stewardship activities – including this letter, pledge cards, stewardship gatherings, and a projected budget for the 2024 pledge year and the out years - which will explain the budgeting process and how the church’s funding sources fit together.
“Let us with gladness present the offerings and oblations of our life and labor to the Lord.”