When the calendar flipped over to January, 2020, none of us could have known what this year would be like. It has been a year filled with disruptions, losses, and anxieties...and we are all still living with the ongoing impacts. I believe that here in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has tested our resolve but not our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a diocese and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you for doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our corner of the wider church.
Despite the challenges going on in our world and our community, the St. Tim’s family has continued to use its resources for the mission of the Church, to help those in need, and to help each other. Because of this, I find myself inspired and hopeful as we look toward 2021. This coming year, I hope we will explore the way that our generosity is inspired by our faith, how we are formed and led into relationship with each other as we share our gifts with the world. This is “Faith-Filled Generosity.”
How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help St. Tim’s this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? As I consider each family, each individual in our community, I know that we are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received.
To aid us in our journey of discernment around giving, a reflection will appear in the Happening each week, and as a bulletin insert, from October 4th to November 22nd. I encourage you to prayerfully read these reflections. Consider what the Holy Spirit may be saying to you through them about supporting the mission and ministries of St. Tim’s in 2021 through a financial pledge. If St. Tim’s is to continue to be a place of nourishment on life’s journey, your financial support is needed! My hope is to announce our 2021 pledge total on the 2nd Sunday of Advent, December 11th!
Below, you will find a prayer, instructions for how to give online (one time or recurring), and a pledge card. If not pledging online, feel free to cut out the pledge card to mail in or drop off.
In the spirit of generosity and love,