What Gifts Do We Bring to a World in Need?
Year-to-Date Progress (as of Jan. 13): $89,151 (32%)
We began our annual pledge campaign on Sunday, Jan. 6, which is the Feast of the Epiphany. At this special time, we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ and recall the visit of the Wise Ones bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh who found the Christ child in a Bethlehem stable. The Old Testament book of Psalms, chapter 72, speaks of a Messiah who comes to save humankind and sets an example for all of us through a ministry of love, service and charity.
In keeping with this celebration of giving and sharing, the theme of our pledge campaign asks each of us this urgent question: “What Gifts Do We Bring to a World in Need?” Our faith compels us to follow the example that Christ set in ministering to the poor and serving those in need in our own neighborhood and greater Evanston. As you know our community outreach ministries continue to do vital, important work. It is through your service and generous pledging that St. Mark’s is able to offer sanctuary to the poor and homeless through our Hospitality Center five days a week, as well as participating in hands-on local ministries like our preparation and serving of nourishing lunches each Wednesday for our hungry neighbors and like our service with the COPE Backpack and School Supply distribution, Interfaith Action of Evanston’s Producemobile, the ReVive Center Christmas Basket program and our annual Mitten Tree for children and adults in Evanston. Your generous pledging also enables St. Mark’s to inspire an ever-growing number of young people with a rich tradition of our Christian Formation Program, as well as aiding in the weekly offering of worship and fellowship.
As you prayerfully consider you gift to St. Mark’s, we hope you will reflect on how your support enriches our faith community. Aside from outreach, formation and day-to-day church operating costs, our building upkeep and maintenance remain a high priority. The Vestry has carefully developed a 2019 budget that will call for everyone’s participation. If you have pledged to St. Mark’s in the past, we ask you to consider a 3% or even 6% increase. If you are pledging to St. Mark’s for the first time, we encourage you to give a percentage of your household income – a Biblical tithe is 10% but any amount is appreciated.
We are grateful for your generosity and marvel at how God cherishes and multiples each and every gift for God’s good purposes. We hope you will join us for the celebratory blessing of pledges on Sunday, Feb. 3. So that we can report our progress toward our goal of $281,000, please return your Pledge Card by January 27 (the day of our Annual Meeting). You can place the card in the offering plate or you can mail it to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, c/o Stewardship Ministry Team, 1509 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201. Again on behalf of the 2019 Stewardship Ministry Team, we thank you for your prayerful consideration of your gift. We deeply value your participation in the life of St. Mark’s as we all strive to bring our best gifts to God.
Your 2019 Stewardship Team
Theodore Richardson, Aina Gutierrez, Emily Kirchner, Nancye Kirk
To make a donation now, please click on the Donate button on the right-hand side of this page.
If you have questions about making a gift to the Church, please contact:
St. Mark’s Stewardship Team
Chris Schultze, Treasurer
Lola Himrod, Assistant to the Treasurer
Nancye Kirk, Contributions Secretary