All things come of Thee, O Lord; and of Thine own have we given Thee.
I Chronicles 24:14
Stewardship is the wise and just use of God's creation. It involves the Church's finances, of course, but it is much more than that. Stewardship is serving God by giving of ourselves in the form of our treasure, time and talent. We make an annual financial pledge to the Church budget. We dedicate our time to put our talents to use in various ministries of the church. We make plans for gifts to the church that reach beyond our individual lifetimes. Stewardship also includes being good to our environment. In learning about Stewardship, we seek to understand how best to use our own resources and those of this world in pursuit of God's kingdom.
The Stewardship Committee is an umbrella committee that works with the Finance Committee, the Every Member Canvass Committee, the Heritage Fund Committee, the Gift Planning Committee, and the Environmental Stewardship Committee (a.k.a The "Green Team"). Throughout the year the Stewardship Committee strives to educate the congregation on the full meaning of stewardship: how parishioners can not only give their "treasures", but also how they can invest their "time and talent" both here at St. Luke's and in the wider community in general.
Click on one of the teasers below to learn more about a particular aspect of stewardship at St. Luke's.
Volunteering represents the "time and talent" part of Stewardship. Many of you may wish to volunteer for various ministries and committees as part of your Stewardship effort, or you may wish to get involved with a local fundraising effort, or even go to Belize and build a school.
Every fall, St Luke's conducts the Every Member Canvass. Like any household, it probably comes as no surprise to you that St. Luke's prepares an annual operating budget, anticipating what kinds of resources are needed to serve the mission of the church. Pledges from the St. Luke's community help in preparing an accurate budget by knowing what donations can be expected in the coming year.
"O merciful Creator, whose hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: make us ever thankful for thy loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of thy bounty."
Memorial Gifts are special donations given to St Luke's with praise and thanksgiving to God and in the memory of the faithful departed. Many of the beautiful appointments you see during worship services are memorials to loved ones who have touched our lives and whose legacy continues to inspire us.