Vestry Pledge Statement
Being on the Vestry has often been characterized as a chore, one that is perhaps necessary for the life of the church, but not the most enjoyable way to spend a few hours a month out of your busy life. It's all about money, right? Just budget crunching, and keeping the lights on.
Actually, serving on the Vestry is far more. It is a blessing, an honor, and a deeply spiritual ministry. It carries a fiduciary responsibility to always work to insure the best interests of the church and the mission and values we all share. True, it means making small sacrifices of time and even treasure, but nothing too onerous. In return, it brings great joy and satisfaction in seeing the church flourish and knowing our individual efforts played a part. These are rewards that far exceed the cost of any sacrifice.
So, you may ask, what does this have to do with pledging? The answer is, we believe, a lot. As members of our church, each of us carries a fiduciary responsibility of sorts to insure its best interests. It may not be a legal responsibility, but it is a spiritual one. Each gives in proportion to whatever bounty God has given. When we pledge, as individuals or individual families, we do so as part of the whole congregation, as one body – Christ's body here on earth – to serve our church and promote and grow the many services and benefits it provides to us and to those in the community who are in need. Truly, pledging is a spiritual ministry, and the joy and satisfaction that it brings to each will far exceed the cost of any sacrifice.
Each of us on the Vestry has done our part and pledged. We hope to provide leadership in this regard and set an example, as we ask each individual or family to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider what gift they are able to provide and to pledge. Thank you for your generosity and love of our church.
Patrick Lancaster, Junior Warden
October 5, 2022