Support St. Luke's
Our parish has much to be grateful for! Our numbers are increasing, our outreach programs are thriving, and our doors are open every day to welcome "all, young and old; those strong and weary; those who are mourning, ill or need comfort; those who need rest or feel alone; all who are left out and need acceptance; and those who are grateful and need a place to give thanks and pray"
This is the mission of St. Luke's. This year, more than ever, we need you to help us live this mission.
With a lively Christian education program, a growing congregation, and a pressing need to help our community comes an increase in expenses, including additional administrative staff and clerical staff. Last year we asked, "what more could we be doing?" Many in our parish responded with a willing and generous heart. Stewardship covers only 70% of our annual operating costs and to meet the balance we depend on donations, bequests and additional fundraising. If we could increase our pledge participation to well above 50% of our households, that would enable our church to have the financial means to fully "live our mission" and insure the continued vitality of our parish programs. If you have not yet already pledged. please consider doing so and join us as we continue to embrace, practice and live the mission of St. Luke's. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
The 2016 Stewardship Committee: Brian Craig, John Hadden II, Ruth Ann McSpadden, John Phillips, Linda Melville
CLICK HERE to see a breakdown of how pledging households help St. Luke's meet expenses.
Please make your pledge as soon as possible because: YOUR GIVING MATTERS!
Testimonials: "Why do you worship here and support St. Luke's?"
Here is what some parishioners told us:
A message from Madeleine Potter
On behalf of our entire Congregation I want to thank all of us who have already filled out and returned the blue pledge cards. Giving back to God what He has given to us allows St. Luke's to continue to worship Him in this magnificent Church, and to thank God for His immeasurable love.
The fulfillment of these pledges permits St. Luke's to keep the promises as written in our Mission Statement on the cover of the Bulletin.
When I first came here, almost 2 years ago, I was one of the people the Mission Statement calls to. In need of counsel and comfort, a sinner looking for a forgiving Savior. I found, and continue to find, God's welcome which is allowing me to heal in body, mind and spirit.
A message from Ruth Ann McSpadden
Stewardship means different things to different people. To me it means doing my part to see that this church can continue to grow and thrive. That is why Jack and I pledge every year. It is not the amount that you pledge, although God tells us in the words of Timothy 1:6-18 “instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share”, but the act of pledging to this church is an act of faith in its future.
Father Denis has exhorted us to “amaze him” with our pledges when he returns from sabbatical. Now it’s up to all of us to make that commitment to the future of St. Luke’s. In the back of the church there are pledge cards and envelopes. You can save yourself a stamp and fill one out this morning and drop it in the basket in the back of the church. On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, I thank you in advance for your generosity.
A message from Robert Budd
“Thou shalt love the Lord Thy God with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”
This short statement is central to our belief as Christians. If we truly believe this, it will lead us to do good things in our lives, providing that we not only believe, but act upon this belief. This spiritual essence is a gift that is constantly being reinforced in this House of God. Denis and Father G are our main source of spiritual renewal and there are many other members of this parish who provide sources of spirituality in their own way. Sunday morning worship provides me with a fresh start each week.
All of this requires money. As Christians it therefore behooves us to be as generous as possible with our pledges. I am increasing my pledge by 10% in order to help cover our higher expenses and I hope that you all will do the same.
A message from Henry Cox
When Michael Kunkel and I received our pledge letter this year we sat down and thought about how much St. Luke’s has meant to us during our first year on the East End. It didn’t take long to come up with an increased number that we wanted to pledge for 2016.
Pledging is important because the cumulative amount pledged by parishioners helps the Vestry prepare and approve an operating budget for next year. If parishioners merely “gave” without pledging, the Vestry would be forced to cut programs.
I’m sure we all want to acknowledge and support our wonderful faith community. If you pledged last year, I hope you will prayerfully consider increasing your pledge. If you didn’t pledge last year, your new pledge for 2016 will make a HUGE DIFFERENCE.
Working together, we can help the Vestry meet its goal of increasing the total amount pledged by 10%!
Like your fellow members of St. Luke's we all find this place of worship and faith a blessing -please consider a pledge that reflects your standard of living. Proportional giving and even tithing 10% of your income is a standard in the Judeo-Christian heritage. It is a way to acknowledge God's blessings, transform the community and transform your life.
Your stewardship pledge can be paid weekly, monthly, or annually. St. Luke's gratefully accepts cash, check, credit card or direct debit payments. Your commitment of a definite amount helps you set your priorities and helps the cathedral plan a budget.
For more information on pledging, please contact us at 631 324 0990 or EMAIL.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church 18 James Lane, East Hampton NY 11937