As I write this today, my expectations for 2021 differ greatly from those I had a year ago as I looked forward to 2020. I feel so much older now. Wiser. More alert to my surroundings. And I am certainly more comfortable with uncertainty. Perhaps you understand.
There seems to be a lot riding on 2021. Will we see the end of COVID-19? What will happen in our national discourse? Will our economy be strong and the job market provide for our needs? Will we put the masks in a drawer? Will we sing at church again and enjoy fellowship the old-fashioned way?
As uncertain as the answers to these questions are, I am certain of this: we will be fine and God will take care of me and my family, and you and yours. He will also look after Pilgrim Church. God will provide certainty!
I think Lily Romanelli, who is all of 16 years old, captured it well during her comments during October 4th’s Confirmation Sunday. “My mother’s favorite verse is from Proverbs: ‘trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.’ Until this year, I never gave it a lot of thought. This year, I realized that I really do not understand anything. None of us really understands anything. We respond to things. Both good things and bad things. Change comes at us, and we deal with it.”
That Lily is able to put her faith into this kind of perspective and share it so eloquently is outstanding. Her ability to do so is the product of a good family, a good church, an excellent youth program, and faith in God.
I am inspired by Lily to give more to my church; more time, more testimony, and more treasure. Pilgrim Church is alive in so many ways and in so many lives. It is the means by which we find fellowship and compassion, peace and joy, comfort and solace, and certainty amidst uncertainty.
As a self-governed and self-funded church that relies on support from its members to fulfill its mission both within our Congregation and throughout our wider community, I ask you to prayerfully consider how you will share the gifts you have been given to continue to support and grow our Pilgrim Church of Duxbury in 2021.
Drew Thawley, Chair of Stewardship, and our amazing Stewardship Committee: Adam Clark, Lynne Devnew, Heidi Hadley, Nancy Von Stackelberg and Janet Zabilski
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The Pilgrim Church Pledge Card 2021 may be completed and returned at anytime to the Church office.
Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. We often think of stewardship in strictly financial terms, but true stewardship in a Christian community has a human family dimension as well.
We are entrusted to spread God’s Word and love as good stewards for members and the earth, to build faith among the members of our congregation and offer caring for others in the outside world.
We do it because of the joy we feel about knowing of the love of Jesus Christ for us. In return, our thanks, or stewardship, is given with our time, our talents, and our financial gifts.
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