Thanks to all our families and visitors who are participating in our Stewardship Renewal Appeal. We invite everyone to be part of this renewal. Pledge cards are available throughout the church for your convenience.
When we really understand Stewardship, we realize it’s a returning to God the First Fruits of all He give us – and he gives us every good thing.
Regarding our Stewardship of Treasure, one of our Parish Council members was told by a parishioner, “They don’t need my money over there. Look at the location and the property; they have plenty of money!” In a survey of giving levels, we find a surprising number of families with a giving habit of $1 or $2 per week or maybe $5, and it may have been that same amount over several years.
Looking carefully at what some basic things cost now and what they did cost in the past, we can see that the value of a dollar has decreased, so much so that a dollar or two each week to support the church fades into insignificance. For example:
Food 1959 1970 1990 2012
Loaf of bread .25 .59 1.89 2.69
Pound of coffee .57 1.27 2.99 4.89 (11.3 oz.)
Pound of butter .52 .79 2.59 3.69
Gallon of gas .19 .59 1.09 3.69
The cost of operating our Church has risen proportionately. And as hard as we try, rising costs keep us striving to pay the bills on time. Therefore, this is the time of the year that we humbly ask everyone to reevaluate the financial contributions that you give to God through your parish.
We need everyone’s help. Thanks.