Dear Partner in Ministry at St. Philip,
Generosity is all around us, but sometimes we have to look for it. In the story of the feeding of the five thousand in the gospels, significant generosity happened once the child shared (John 6:9). That is how it is here. Once we begin to share, we will see that God has blessed us with plenty.
Building a Culture of Generosity is the theme of this year’s fall stewardship appeal for 2022. This theme points us to the generosity that we have witnessed around our church over the last year, and it also points us to know that we can grow into this in even more profound ways.
When the pandemic began in March 2020, many of us worried there would not be enough. Our ministry remained strong, and in fact, many of us recognized just how critically important this community is to our faith.
Our grateful response in generosity helps to demonstrate to us and to the world around us that in fact God has provided us everything and we have enough, even enough to share.
In the weeks ahead, you will be hearing more about generosity. Newsletter articles (both online and mailed), bulletin inserts, mission moments, letters, and more will be used to share this story and our hopes for an even more robust ministry next year.
So, in the coming weeks, please engage the materials. Pray about how you can become more generous. Then, on Intent Sunday, November 14, please bring your intent card with you to declare the generosity that you intend to share with this congregation.
Thank you for being part of this exciting congregation! Please continue to pray for our common work together as we continue to reach out with the gospel and live out our mission: “Fed by the Spirit, we share God’s love revealed in Christ with the world.”
Faithfully in Christ,
The Rev. Josh Evans
P.S. Your intent card will be mailed to your home the week of October 24
for you to return on October 31.