Dear St. Mark friends,
A man had recently purchased new blinds for the windows of his house, only to discover shortly after the installation that a few of the blinds were defective. Unbeknownst to his wife, he made arrangements for someone to come out to their house and replace them.
The next morning, while he and his family were at the kitchen table eating breakfast, the doorbell rang. Unaware of the appointment, the man’s wife went to answer the door. She was greeted by a friendly young man who said, “I’m here for the Venetian blind.” The woman paused for a few seconds, then asked the man to stay there while she excused herself.
She went to the closet for her purse, dug around until she found some loose cash, then returned to the doorway and pressed the money into the repairman’s hand saying, “God bless you,” as she slowly closed the door. Upon her return to the kitchen and the family’s inquiry as to who was at the door, the woman answered, “Oh, just somebody collecting donations.”
As we prepare to receive pledges this Sunday in response to Becoming a Welcoming Church, I pray that we will not share in such confusion. The best way to avoid this is to recall the numerous church mailings and temple talks from recent weeks outlining the specific goals, purposes, and projected outcomes of our stewardship campaign. I encourage you to consider the multiple ways this ministry impacts our community, including your family and friends.
Above all, take time to pray for God’s direction in helping you discern what you can do to participate. Thank you for your generous and continued support of St. Mark’s ministry. You are making a difference!
Walking this journey of faith with you,