Dear Members and Friends of St. Timothy’s,
Autumn is always a season of transition, for us and for the world around us. And this year, we find ourselves in a time of transition at St. Timothy’s as well. As you know, we recently said good-bye to our rector of 13 years, the Reverend Dr. Matthew Calkins, and we will soon start the process that will lead us to call our next rector.
In committing ourselves to this process, we will be responding to a call of our own: the call to be stewards of the future of St. Timothy’s. We are called to enter into a time of thoughtful review and discernment: to reflect on our past, to take stock of our present, and to chart our course for the future. It is our job to define ourselves as a community, both who we are now, and who, with the help of a new leader, we would like to become. It won’t be easy or quick; it will be a challenging time for all of us, but we enter into it knowing that we have everything we need to complete the task. “God has not given us the spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, of courage and resolution” (2 Tim 1:7).
It is truly the season of stewardship at St. Timothy’s. We are responsible for the future of our church. But we are also responsible for the present—for today and for the days and weeks and months ahead. We have people to care for, programs to support, bills to pay. The Pledge Campaign that we rely on to budget and fund our ongoing operations is ours to see through—and we are launching our 2015 Pledge Campaign on November 2.
This is not a time to sit back and see what happens. Your pledge is needed as much as ever this year. Our expenses will not decrease during this interim time. To maintain our forward momentum, we all need to continue to be generous in our support of St. Timothy’s.
And this is not a time to stay away from church. Our life as a community goes on. We have three worship services every Sunday (thank you, Reverend Alice Mindrum!), fellowship time, book discussions, youth groups, and Anam Cara. And don’t forget about our brunches. Our Fall Parish Brunch will be held on November 2 after the 10 AM service. You won’t want to miss this time of great food and fellowship.
St. Timothy’s is your church. Your presence and your support make a difference. Come and see.
The Stewardship Committee
Chip Campbell, Alice Eckerson, Dede Fitch
"This is my Church." Lois Leftwich on St. Timothy's