What’s the Big Deal About Stewardship?

Well, it is a big deal because this is how we support the Church. We make an annual pledge to support the Church’s programs and ministries. We do so in accordance with our means. We do so commensurate with our faith. If we believe in the work of the Church, we give. If we don’t, we don’t give, or we give nominally. We are pleased to share with you that financial Stewardship pledge income received in 2017 was the highest in recent history. Which means the faith of our parishioners is strong, that you want to see the Cathedral strong and thriving. We are looking forward to a similar and even stronger showing in 2018. As of December 1, 2017, 323 Stewardship units (families, for the most part), have sent in their 2017 Stewardship pledge, which amounted to $307,843. for the support of the Cathedral’s ministries. While this amount is essentially only about half of what it takes to keep the Cathedral operating, the level of support is promising. The average pledge amount has increased over recent years and that is a testimony to your commitment. The average pledge amount for 2016 was $845 (as compared to $782 in 2013). As of this writing, it is $953. With this level of support, it’s no wonder we exceeded our Stewardship goal of $300,000. We thank you for your continued support, your love for the Lord and His people, and your unwavering dedication to the Annunciation Cathedral. God bless you. As noted in the first article about stewardship, we will print the names of all 2018 Stewards in our next issue of the Herald, as a way of acknowledging your commitment and thanking you for your support. If you know of someone who should be a steward but is not (that is, someone who considers the Annunciation Cathedral to be his or her parish but whose name is not on the honor roll of stewards), speak to that person and stress how important his or her participation is. Call us, if you wish, and we will be happy to send them a stewardship packet. Yes, indeed, Stewardship is a big deal

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God.

John 4:7