Walking the Way in 2015 2015 Pledge Card (click here) 2015 Pledge Card for children (click here)
“Why is St. Mark’s Special to You?”
produced by Tyler Maegawa-Goeser
St. Mark’s is a “pledging community,” which means that our vision to build God’s reign is funded entirely by the generosity of financial commitments from our worshipping community. Some of our members tithe, giving ten percent of their income to the church, while others commit a certain percentage, make a one-time annual gift, or give as they are able. While giving levels vary in the congregation, what is important is that all are asked to make a gift that reflects our love for God and for one another.
The life of faith is a journey we make together, not a solo expedition. The annual giving campaign is a time set aside to reflect on how this community has nurtured you and your family in the walk of faith. The annual giving campaign is a time set aside to reflect on how the practice of intentional giving deepens your walk with Christ. We are a pilgrim people, meaning together we strive and support one another in taking on the mind of Christ. Jesus called himself “the Way.” A popular refrain that is said on the pilgrims’ journey is “the Way is made by walking.” Transformation comes through practice.
On this page you will find a 2015 pledge commitment card. I invite you to pray these words — the way is made by walking — and see how the Holy Spirit calls you to follow the Way of Jesus through giving. If you are not sure where to start in considering your pledge commitment, you may want to compare other financial commitments you make to what you pledge to your faith community. For instance, consider what you might spend on dining out for a year versus your gift to the church. Know that God’s blessing will be upon your prayerful decision and will further God’s vision through the community of faithful of St. Mark’s.
We give thanks to have travelling companions in you as we walk the Way of Jesus.
Yours In Christ,
The 2015 Stewardship Ministry Team
Aina Gutierrez, Motoko Maegawa, and Pastor Debra Bullock