All Saints Church — Bay Head


Stewardship

“God loves a cheerful giver.”

Thank you, St. Paul, for taking a second crack at that fractious young church in Corinth so long ago and delivering the marquee quote for the 2018 stewardship campaign here at All Saints Bay Head. (To give the Church’s favorite foreign correspondent his due, see 2 Corinthians&nbps;9:6-7.)

Cheerful? That probably isn’t the word most of us would associate with stewardship, or the many other requests for funds we receive each year beginning about now. Why are they asking for money, and why more?, you might reasonably be asking, in a less than cheerful manner. Didn’t I just write a check for the chili cook-off hurricane relief effort, the fashion show, the blue grass concert, the etc., etc. and etc.?

Yes, you and so many others did. And do. Everyone involved in organizing these activities and those benefitting from your largesse thank you for each check. The community, the region, the state, the country and the world are a better place thanks to gifts from you and so many other givers. That ought to be something to be cheerful about, even if such giving is triggered too often by our fellow humans in such dire circumstances.

Most of these events associated with All Saints that lead to you pulling out your checkbook fall under the exceedingly worthy category of Reaching Out, or Outreach. That, after all, is what we as Christians are taught we should do. Reach out and help those in need, reach out and touch somebody’s hand, make this world a better place if you can…to quote saintly Diana of Motown.

To provide a forum for Reaching Out, to support our Reaching In to members of our immediate faith community, and to maintain and enhance the faithful practice of our Episcopal tradition in worship, we need to ask you to support All Saints in our annual stewardship campaign. By now, if you are on our mailing list or otherwise show up on our parish radar, you should have received a letter from the stewardship committee. We don’t want to repeat that information here, though feel free to contact the parish office for a copy of the letter, or pick one up in the narthex when you enter the sanctuary.

We think this is an exciting time to be a member of the All Saints community. Five years after superstorm Sandy, our Jersey Shore communities are firmly looking to the future, while not forgetting the past. Our Rector Robert Nagy is near the end of his second full year leading our flock, and is working with the vestry on multiple fronts to make the parish a more integral part of our lives, and vice versa.

Lay leaders on the vestry and numerous other committees and unofficial coffee klatches are devoting an amazing amount of time to making All Saints make a difference. Most don’t get the credit they deserve. On the other hand, you can usually tell who they are. They look cheerful. Join them.

Please pledge your financial support to All Saints for 2018, increasing your previous pledge if you can to help us cope with rising costs.

Faithfully,
John Copman
Richard Derrick
Paul Hamelberg
Scott McMurray

All Saints Stewardship Committee

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Upcoming Events

Special Offering
Sunday, December 10
Special Offering to benefit St. Gregory’s Pantry. Gifts for the giving tree due today.
Celebration
Sunday, December 17, after 10:15 am service
Please join us as we thank Richard Ludlum, our Music Director, for his many years of service and for the beautiful music that has filled our sanctuary under his direction.
Supper with All Saints
Tuesday, December 19, 4:00-6:00 pm
We will have a joyous occasion to once again be thankful for our guests who join us each month.
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Christmas Day Service
Monday, December 25, 9:30 am
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Annual Parish Meeting
Sunday, January 21, following 9:30 am service