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2018 Annual Report - Time Talent and Treasure

Your Vestry again took responsibility for the 2019 Stewardship PledgePLUS of Time, Talent, and Treasure. It was called PledgePLUS because of the emphasis on giving and stretching ourselves with giving a little more. On the pledge card were listed Trinity’s various ministries, and parishioners were invited to circle the ways they would also like to give of their time and talent. In the Parish Hall were two graphics that charted the percentage of pledges received and the corresponding dollar amount and also one that showed Trinity’s ministries and the number of people who have offered themselves to each ministry. 2019 pledges totaled $226,608 with 76 giving units. We are grateful for each pledge and continue to welcome new pledges from those who have yet to pledge.

During our giving month, we were blessed with witness talks by Vestry member Mimi McGill and Senior Warden Neale Hegarty who shared their stories of why giving is important to them and how they have been transformed by God’s grace in their lives and the people in this place of Trinity. Throughout the year we have continued the practice of including “Stewardship Pearls” weekly in the bulletin—quotes from theologians or Holy Scripture or poets or authors or historical figures, etc. These included little nuggets of stewardship teaching and hopefulness and encouragement.

We continued to emphasize the vulnerability we have as a parish with a small number of givers providing a large percentage of Trinity’s total giving. We have widened that gap and there is still forward progress needed across the distribution of pledges. We celebrated the end of the giving time on In-gathering Sunday with a hearty breakfast prepared and served by your Vestry. We thank each one of you for your generosity of time, talent, and treasure. We rejoice in your giving and recognize that we continue to have a journey toward increased giving and stewardship, especially as we enter this year of transition. In particular this year’s stewardship will heavily play a role in whether the parish can sustain a full time priest and meet all of its financial obligations. Please remember the last statement on the bottom of the 2019 pledge card: As “we give… plus a little more, we walk in love as Christ loved us…”

In gratitude and in hope,
The Rev. Linda Spiers and Your Vestry

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