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ST. DAVID'S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
763 South Valley Forge Rd.
Wayne, PA 19087

CALL US: 610.688.7947

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Stewardship at St. David's

At St. David's we believe our time is not really ours, our talents are a gift from God, and our possessions are only a loan. God gave that to all of us. And God has given us a calling to make Christ's love known in the world.

We will be doing a lot of good work this coming year through more than 100 ministries, from feeding and clothing those in need, to opening a new day school, much of it for the benefit of people we may never meet.

This work requires a significant amount of resources, volunteer time, and a fair amount of money. Your giving makes that work possible.

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One Minute Ministry

I first want to tell you that God loves you immensely.
Often you may not think so, but it is true. I also want to tell you a brief story...

 

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody are all members of St. David's Church.


There was an important job to do - committing our lives to the mission of this church: to know GOD in Jesus Christ and Make Christ known to others. This Fall, Everybody was asked to do it be being good stewards of our church and making a pledge for 2017.


Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.


Anybody would have done it, but not Everybody did it.


Somebody got angry because it was Everybody's job.


Everybody thought Anybody would do it, but Nobody realized that Anybody wouldn't do it.


It ended up that Everybody, blamed Somebody when Nobody did, what Anybody could have done.
Today, as we approach the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Saviour, I am asking you to prayerfully consider your life in this church, the gifts you have been given and how much of God's money that you have that you are willing to give back in the form of a pledge for 2017.


As a member of the Stewardship committee, while making calls to parishioners, I have heard all of the common reasons for not making a pledge or to rationalize a current pledge: My pledge doesn't make a difference. Somebody else has more money and they can take care of it. OR, This just isn't the right time. The list goes on.


What I want to convey is that each year we pay our bills for everyday things for our children and families for gas, food, tuition, memberships, fees and other obligations we make, and many of us don't give much thought that things cost more. Until we come to our pledge to the church. AND we think we cannot possibly pledge more of the money God has given back to HIM.


This year, we are significantly behind getting pledges to add up to where we are budgeting our obligations to our programs here at St. David's, in our community and in the world. As you know, our church depends on our members to pledge so that we can develop a balanced budget. If we have fewer pledge dollars, we need to begin looking at how we can reduce costs by offering fewer programs to our parishioners.


I can tell you from personal experience that each time you think you cannot possibly give more, if you decide to prayerfully consider going outside your comfort zone you will be rewarded significantly with God's blessings in your life.


Today, during this busy season, I am asking you to consider making a pledge if you have not already done so, AND if you are so moved to make a commitment by increasing your pledge, THAT would be fantastic too.


Either of these can be accomplished by contacting the church office via phone at 610.688.7947, or on the website by clicking here.

 

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Ways You Can Give

Your Time. There are 168 hours in each week and 10,080 minutes — how many of them do you spend with God? We can live more intentionally as Christians  by giving the most precious gift of our time and attention to God through prayer, worship and study of His word. View the available small group opportunities here >

Your Talent. All of us have skills and talents that can be used to make our community and world a better place — one that resembles the heaven on earth that Jesus intended for us. St. David’s has over 100 ministries where we can share ourselves, and these ministries in turn help thousands. This way we all have a hand in building His kingdom one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

Your Treasure. Our treasure is used to provide the tangible resources needed each day as we live into our mission, and we share this treasure with our parish, the community, and the world. Your financial support literally keeps the doors open and the lights on for the many groups that meet here each week, and provides resources for our ministry partners locally and abroad.

Do you feel called to give? Here are some ways you can donate right now:

  • Text-to-Give: (Text "Worship1715" to 732-56)
  • Online
  • Recurring credit card payment: (set up online or through the Finance Office)
  • Weekly envelopes (cash/check)
  • Through the ChurchLife app
  • Through the St. David's app
  • Stocks (see this page for more details)
  • Legacy Giving: 1715 Society (click here for more details)

Four ways we can share our treasure with God at St. David's are through:

Annual Giving > Learn More
St. David’s annual operating expenses are funded by the annual giving campaign. Pledging allows the church leadership to be good stewards by thoughtfully planning for monthly expenses while providing for all of our vital ministries that support the mission of our church community.

Read a message from the Stewardship Commission>

 

Raising the Roof > Learn More

St. David’s would not have begun, if it had not been for the original capital gift of five acres from for our founders to erect a church and churchyard. Today’s current campaign will help ensure we can continue our mission into it’s fourth century.


1715 Society/Planned Giving > Learn More
Leaving a legacy to St. David’s is a simple and easy way to share your life-time of blessings from God. Simply make a bequest to the church in your will.


Gifts of Thanks > Learn More
Gifts of Thanks can be made when you want to commemorate a life event like Baptism; when you receive a bonus; when you would like to gift a tangible item to the church from yourself or in memory of a loved one, like a chalice or bench.

 

Contact The Rev. Matthew Dayton-Welch  (x219)
Campaign Chair | Terry Cunningham

Vestry Jeff Waldron, Accounting Warden
Vestry John Lander, Mike Mayer

Marilyn Callaghan  John Lander
Terry Cunningham Mike Mayer
Mike Damiano Gillian Waldron
Susan Damiano Jeff Waldron
Alison Hastings Jane Wilson 
Tom Johantgen Martin Wilson

 

ood morning. My name is Susan Scauzzo and I am co-chairing this year’s Stewardship campaign with Jonesy Lerch. I want to thank members of St Davids staff -- Marilyn Callahan, Eileen Violini and Betsy Wolford -- for their important work with this program.

You should have received a letter signed by Jonesy and me this week with this brochure – it has all of the questions and answers about this annual giving program.

I recently joined the Altar Guild here at Saint Davids and I had my first training session on Friday, with a woman who is aptly named Grace. Grace gave me a nice overview of what serving on the Altar Guild is all about: “We’re setting the table for a feast,” she said. The altar being the table, and the feast being communion.
“How long have you been on the Altar Guild?” I asked Grace. “Since 1977.” She answered. 1977. That’s 35 years of setting the table for the feast.
I am inspired by Grace.

Someone else who has inspired me is Muhammad Ali.
Muhammad Ali was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers of all time. He would be happy to tell you he was “the greatest.” I like watching film of his fights, but perhaps even more, I like hearing what he said. He has had a poetic way with words.
Muhammad Ali is noted to have written perhaps the shortest poem ever. He delivered it at the end of his commencement address at Harvard in 1967. He had concluded his remarks and someone in the audience yelled out, “give us a poem” because in addition to being the heavyweight champion of the world, he was famous for his poetry.
He responded with two words:
Me, We.
The Harvard crowd erupted with cheers.
Me, we.
Like all art, there is more than one interpretation of this poem. You can choose yours. Some people say it was ME Whee! – another exuberant expression of his self-satisfaction. Many of us lean toward another interpretation: Me We.
Me – I am one; We – we are much so much more..

The goal for the Stewardship Campaign this year is $2.3 million. It will take many ME’s in this congregation to get there. And together, WE can accomplish so much more, and can bring our collective fellowship and support and inspiration to those who need it.

I support St Davids  because I believe strongly in our mission to know God in Jesus Christ and can make Christ known to others.
It’s not about ME. It’s about WE.

I have another inspiring poem from Muhammad Ali – He wrote:
We have one life
It will soon be past
What we do for God
Is all that will last.