Pick Your Party and join us!
These joyful gatherings provide us all the opportunity to engage more deeply
in a relaxed environment with other Village Church
members and friends.
This is an exciting time of year. It’s the hallmark weeks of winter in New England. It’s the season of Epiphany in the liturgical calendar. And this year, it’s the formative months following our ideation sessions for Vision 2020: a framework for our future together as a church.
It’s also the time of year when we turn our thoughts to Stewardship. This year’s theme, Bringing the Vision to Life, encourages us each to reflect on the shared sense of community, inspiration, and purpose cultivated through our 6 weeks of visioning together this fall -- and to determine what we as individuals will do to make that vision a reality through our gifts this year.
We hope the 4 steps below provide you with a clear path for how you might engage in Stewardship in the weeks ahead.
1. Learn: what is Stewardship?
Stewardship often invokes comparisons to “fundraising”, “development”, “advancement”, or “annual appeals” -- but it is fundamentally different. Stewardship calls us to something far deeper than donating money generously to a worthy cause. It charges us to reflect deeply on God’s abundant gifts in the world, the many ways in which by God’s grace those gifts permeate and enrich each of our lives, and how we might return those gifts to God’s service and multiply God’s good in the world.
John 3:16 reminds us that God’s example -- and that of his son Jesus Christ – is at its essence one of giving. Giving is one of the purest manifestations of our very lives as Christians. Stewardship is therefore ultimately our calling to reflect on our own individual Christianity, and it culminates in a personal introspection that far transcends the giving of one’s financial means.
2. Gather: join us for a “Pick Your Party”!
Among the wonderful ways to reflect on and bear witness to some of God’s many blessings that we share is to gather with other members of the Wellesley Village Church congregation!
The Stewardship Committee enthusiastically invites you to RSVP for one of the following gatherings:
Thursday, February 6th, 4:30 P.M. @ North Hill. Tea hosted by Alice Polley.
Saturday, February 8th, 7:00 P.M. @ Village Church. Can’t make the January dates? Come to the 4th and final party at Village Hall! Sorry but children’s activities only available January 25th.
Rest assured that these are not “sales pitch sessions.” They are nothing more -- and nothing less -- than opportunities beyond our Sundays together to gather informally and spend time getting to know each other in smaller groups.
3. Reflect: how will you contribute to the greater impact we aspire to in God’s world?
As our Vision 2020 outputs begin to take shape, the potential impact we can have through our Stewardship has rarely been greater. Whatever your inspiration to give in years past, maybe this is the year the Spirit calls you to do more.
To borrow from Drew Spangler’s witness, maybe you say “yes” to something new in your Stewardship this year.
Paul’s letter to the Ephesians (3:20-21) offers us the following inspiration: Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
4. Commit: make your pledge during one of our Stewardship Offerings or online.
Stewardship offerings will be held January 26th and February 2nd during both 9 A.M. and 10 A.M. worship.
Online giving information is also available anytime on the church’s website, for both one-time and recurring gifts.
Contemplating a legacy gift to Wellesley Village Church through the Forever Fund? Looking to share thoughts, discuss plans, ask questions, generate ideas, or anything else? Please contact any member of the Pastoral Staff, Stewardship Committee, or Church Council you wish.