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Annual Stewardship Campaign

Commitment Sunday is November 12.

On Sunday, October 8, St. Andrew's Stewardship Team kicked-off of this year’s “Grateful Generosity” Pledge Campaign. During this stewardship season, fellow parishioners will provide Sunday morning testimonials as to why they give and why they view it as crucial to the sustainability of our parish.

The stewardship campaign name for this year of “Grateful Generosity” was chosen by the committee to invoke the notion that there is a correlation between our gratitude for the Lord’s blessings and our willingness to demonstrate that gratitude through our tithes and offerings. The conveyance of treasures is of course vitally important to provide an enduring worship space for all who seek it. To those that are still considering their gift commitment for the coming year, we ask that while you continue your financial deliberations that you reflect on your own reasons why St. Andrew’s has been, and continues to be, so vital to your own spiritual lives. But as we begin to wind down the dollars and cents portion of the “Grateful Generosity” campaign, we would also ask that you challenge yourselves to think of stewardship season as not just a once-a-year opportunity to support St. Andrew’s financially, but a year-round opportunity to also convey your time and talents in our effort to draw others into a ‘deeper knowledge of, love of, and service to the Lord.’

-- Randy & Susan Bryant, Stewardship Team Leaders

Click here to read Randy & Susan's letter to the congregation.

Click here to read the campaign kick-off letter.

Click here for a Pledge Card

St. Andrew's parishioners share the reasons for their Grateful Generosity to St. Andrew's

Each week during the Grateful Generosity campaign, parishioners share their stories.

From Debbie Tanner:

I support St. Andrew’s every year for many reasons. I’m always impressed by the quality and quantity of our outreach projects, including St. Andrew’s School, that impact our community and beyond. I want to make sure we attract and keep our talented staff and clergy. I love that our buildings and sanctuary are well cared for and that we enjoy wonderful music each week. The educational opportunities, for young and old alike, are plentiful as well. There are so many reasons to celebrate and support St. Andrew’s!

From Samantha and Steve Howell:

The question has been asked, “Why do we pledge?” The short and immediate response is responsibility, commitment to the church, and obligation.  A deeper look at this begs a bit more reflection. The church remains one of the few strongholds that one can come to for solace, comfort, and spiritual hope. I can’t imagine being sustained without it. It is a blessing to be a part of St. Andrew’s, with our beautiful church, ministers, staff, and certainly our enveloping and supportive congregation. We owe this to those who came before us, and it is imperative that the church always remain for those who will follow us. Above all of these things is gratitude for God’s grace. When making a financial commitment to St. Andrew’s, the reminder of daily gratitude and thankfulness to God is only made stronger.

From Mary Neale:

I give to St. Andrew’s because I LOVE my church.  It is just like my home; I give to help take care of it just like I do my own home.  Both St. Andrew’s and my home have been a huge part of my life.  Dad bought my house when I was two months old and I was baptized and confirmed at St. Andrew’s. I was essentially gone for 30 years from Newport News and upon coming back in 2000, to take care of my parents; it was like I had never left St. Andrew’s.  I always feel at home, at peace, safe and LOVED there. Just like being in my own home the same feeling is at St. Andrew’s.  I look at my little lamb in the stained glass above the altar and a calmness comes over me.  I love my home and I LOVE St. Andrew’s.  That is why I give to MY church.

From Elise Wall:

A few months ago I was asked why I was passionate about outreach in our church.  In summary my three answers were: Duty, Ability, and Need.  So, when asked to write something explaining why we pledge to St. Andrew’s, I find it rather ironic that those same three words come to mind yet again.

  • “It is my duty to give.”  As a child, it was with great excitement that I would place the envelope in the plate each Sunday.  I grew up understanding that we as church members are called to give back to the church – through our time, talents, and treasure.
  • “I am able to give.”  I have been very fortunate in my life and gratefully want to give back to others.  I believe that no amount is too great nor too small and as the Bible tells us, “It is better to give than to receive.”  I find this to be true every day of my life.
  • “There is need.”  I have only two hands; and yet there is such need in the world.  By giving to the church, we can support many hands to go out and try to meet the vast needs in our community and beyond.

As a standing vestry member, we as leaders in the church are called to set an example for others to follow.  I believe that it is through our giving that we become “one” with others and strengthen our connection to each other and the body of Christ.

From Mary Gibson Waddill:

When asked why I support the St. Andrew’s annual campaign, I think to myself, how can I support my church?  My church has given me so much and supported me since I was a child.  And still supports me, now perhaps more than ever.  My whole life is entwined with St. Andrew’s; and so is my family’s: baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals. I cannot imagine my life without St. Andrew’s; it is my home, and always has been.  So I will support our annual fund to the best I am able, and hope you will, too.

Last Published: November 10, 2017 8:52 AM