The 2018 Stewardship Theme: Where the Heart Is...

22 September, 2017
(This the letter was sent to our congregation this fall as we began our Stewardship concerns.)

What things matter most to you?
                   What do you care about most deeply?
                               What do you love?

These are intensely personal questions, and our answers and actions determine who we are as people, and as followers of Jesus. How we respond will arise from our deepest commitments, and our most sincere hopes for ourselves, our children and our world. And this will tell us a great deal about ourselves. For as Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

At St. Mark’s, we carry in our hearts some very powerful treasures. In our ministries with children and youth, we work to create nurturing and engaging environments to learn of God’s love and share it with others. In our worship experiences, we strive for experiences that stir the spirit, challenge the mind, and call us to active engagement. In our ministries of education, we seek to continue to grow our faith, and to challenge easy assumptions. In our ministries of service and outreach, we honor John Wesley’s sense that the “world is our parish.” As we open the doors of the church to over fifty non-profit groups, we honor the deep work they undertake: in biblical study, supporting those in recovery from addictions, partnering with families who seek to move out of poverty, and developing young people through scouting.

This year’s stewardship theme is “Where the Heart Is.” If you traditionally give to the church, we ask you consider your pledge as a reflection of ways St. Mark’s has opened your heart. If you are considering a first-time pledge, we hope you will be a part of the effort.

There are two commitment cards on this site. One card offers a way to pledge toward our annual budget. This supports our staff, growing program of ministries, building maintenance, and ongoing activities of the church. The second card offers a way to pledge toward the capital needs addressed in Project St. Mark’s, the Sequel: roofing, new carpet, the LED lighting in the sanctuary, covered entry and, most recently, the repaving of the parking lot.

If you have questions, please contact a member of the Stewardship Team or the church office. Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.

With gratitude,

The St. Mark’s Stewardship Team:

Andy Cron, Kevin Theile, Cyrilla Helm, Charlie Nelms, Jeremiah Young, Pete Yoder, Deb Davis, Mary Beth Morgan, and Jimmy Moore