I have been an active member of St. Thomas Episcopal for 48 years, holding positions in the vestry, senior warden, prayer and retreat leadership. However, I most enjoyed our annual stewardship effort as it was an opportunity to deepen mine and other’s spiritual strength.
Therefore, I welcomed the decision to have experienced outside leadership help us respond generously to our capital effort. My only reservation was the amount of the individual challenge, for I thought the high number would turn off many people. I voiced my reservation strongly to the consultant at the group meeting. He responded appropriately and respectfully….so I made my pledge as generously as I sensed the Holy Spirit would approve.
You are no doubt aware how generously the St Thomas people responded! Tears came to my eyes when the number was announced….for the first time, I was overjoyed that I was wrong…way wrong!!!
Besides the Holy Spirit and Father Craig Uffman’s personal effort, the consultant made it happen and I am so thankful!!
St. Thomas' Episcopal Church
Rochester, New York