It’s a phrase I hadn’t heard until I came to Grace. It was during the Stewardship Campaign and I remember feeling relieved that not only was my financial contribution valued, but so was the time and talent I gave to the parish. I have held onto it all these years because it affirms all the ways I have given and continue to give to this community. There was another step though. I was giving of my time, talent and treasure, but it wasn’t until I pledged that I really felt like I became a member of this congregation. I was making a commitment -- a commitment to the people, place and purpose of Grace. I was committing not just my treasure, but my time and talent as well to this incredible community. Pledging is important. Pledging lets us know how many people are in our community, “Are we a congregation of 130 or 150 people?” Pledging lets us plan our budgets, “Can we give $5,000 or $7,000 to Social Action to allocate?” Every pledge is valued and every dollar matters. There are many expenses, large and small, that go into putting on a service every Sunday. Every pledge, large and small, matters. We are hoping for 100% participation in our Stewardship Campaign. Please consider making a commitment to Grace.