A year ago, Grace Church received pledges from 85 households. This year, our Stewardship Committee has a reasonable expectation of receiving 90 pledges.
This number doesn't come out of a hat... not from a priestly biretta, a Bishop's mitre nor a nun's wimple. No, it comes from reading the parish directory. It comes from us, as people, knowing our community. 90 pledging units is a good number.
Now, I know what you're thinking... you're thinking "uh oh, I forgot to turn in a pledge!" How did I know that's what you were thinking? Because so far, we're behind in the number of pledge cards that we usually have at this point in December.
Every year, some folks from Grace make reminder calls in December. You won't be hearing from Margaret because she's busy working on our behalf, preaching, preparing, visiting, calling. No, you'll hear from fellow parishioners, because this is a work of the whole community. We do need you to be counted at whatever level you feel is right. We all, collectively, have every reason to want 100% participation.
Here's a small act of pastoral care you can do. If you fill out a card now, it'll be a gift to the Stewardship committee - they'll be able to spend more time shopping and less time calling.
Conveniently, there are extra chances to grab a card in the next two weeks. This coming Sunday, the fourth in Advent, is a great time; our kids have a pageant for us. If you like birthdays, come to either of two services on Christmas Eve. You can come on Christmas Day for our annual late afternoon Christmas Day dinner, a quieter, happy experience that everyone needs to try.
Thank you all for helping make Grace a place where we can come together and be mindful of all the gifts we've received from His hands.