Stewardship: The Giving of Our Time, our Talent, and our Treasure

Pastor’s Message March 1, 2017

On this first day of Lent, I will address the fourth key focus area of our Parish –  Stewardship. Simply stated, Stewardship is the proper managing and sharing of our time, talent, and treasure for building the Kingdom of God.

Everything we have is a gift – our life, our property, our health, our talents, our money. All are gifts from God. We are called to share these gifts with others – not in a single action, not in a hundred actions, but as a way of life. We are called to receive God’s gifts gratefully, to develop them responsibly, and to return them to the Lord through sharing with others. Stewardship is a direct response to God’s generosity and an expression of discipleship.

Time and Talent

Last fall, in response to our appeal to grow discipleship through service, our volunteer community welcomed 40 new members. I wish to thank all volunteers who so generously support our many ministries.  For those of you who are not yet engaged, please consider serving in a ministry that best suits your available time and talent.  The harvest is abundant but the labourers are few. Mathew 9:37

Treasure

Over the past year your financial contributions to the Parish have allowed us to meet our operating and maintenance expenses.

Please see attached Financial Update. I am most grateful for this generosity. However, it is insufficient to support new activities and opportunities such as youth ministry, facility upgrades, and church expansion. Our 2017 Parish Plan identifies the need to increase our financial base in order to provide required maintenance and upkeep as well as future growth. To this end, I am asking all parishioners to: give regularly; increase Sunday offerings; and, utilize our Pre-Authorized Debit system – the easiest and most effective way to financially support the Parish.  The Financial Update provides further detail.

As we look forward to Lent, I ask you to reflect on how you can be the best possible steward of your time, talent, and treasure. I am excited about the many opportunities we have at St. Leonard, but it is only with your active participation and commitment to Stewardship that we will realize the potential that God has set before us.

Thank you for your continued support.  May God bless you and those you love.

Father Titus
 
 
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