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.
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)
- 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