BY DAVID BROOKS
Comments delivered at 10am service Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014
On behalf of the vestry, our Rector and myself, I want to thank you for your incredible generosity in giving to St. Matthew’s.
As I’m sure you know, we have a deficit budget of $121,000 in 2014. This is not because we increased spending, but rather it is a result of losing individual gift because of death and disability.
I am asking you to continue to give generously to the programs and ministry of St. Matthew’s. If everyone who pledges would give $600 more towards the 2015 budget, we can erase this deficit and keep the programs and outreach of St. Matthew’s strong in the years to come.
If you don’t currently pledge to St. Matthew’s, I urge you to do so this year. We need your time, talent, and yes, we need your financial support. We have to have pledges in order to prepare a sensible and effective plan for spending in the coming year.
We all realize that everything we have belongs to God ad we are simply caretakers. Some day we will leave this earth and leave everything behind to be with God. Jesus paid the debt for our sins, therefore our lives are built entirely on Grace. All that we have, including grace, is a gift from God, and gratitude is the only proper response to God’s gifts to us.
God is a giver, therefore we are givers. We are made in the image of God, God is generous; therefore we are generous.
When we are giving, we are reflecting the likeness of God. It is our basic nature to give of ourselves.
You might ask: why do Jackie and I pledge and give to St. Matthew’s? We give because of our gratitude for our lives, our health, our children and grandchildren, our faith, our salvation and particularly our church. We give because St. Matthew’s has wonderful Christian people who work together to be God’s hands in the world.