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Stewardship Note from Pastor Tom
There are, of course, twelve months to a year, but when it comes to our financial stewardship at St. Paul's I liken the year to a nine-inning baseball game. With that in mind, we are about to enter the bottom of the ninth, and we're trailing, we are behind!
We are running a deficit of about $60,000 in current expense, and although I'm confident that once again we will have a big ninth inning (December) rally, it will take everyone, our home run hitters and singles hitters to come through. To this end Barbara and I will again increase our financial pledge to St. Paul's ministry, and we will not wait until the new year to start giving, we will start immediately. I hope that many of you will do the same. Ending the year in the black is not about winning a game, but rather a sign of our faithfulness and gratitude.
To make this easier on all the hitters out there, here is a shortened, custom link for St. Paul's online giving page: http://bit.ly/stpaulsgive.
Thanksgiving Baskets For Friendship Place
Help beautify St. Paul's Chancel and Altar this Christmas season! This year's poinsettias will be plants in 7" pots with 8 to 10 blooms. They are $12 each. To order, please click here for a downloadable form.
Gifts of Hope
Would you like to give a unique gift to those on your list this Christmas season? Would you also like your purchase to benefit those in need? You can do both with a purchase of a Gift of Hope, sponsored by our local Metro DC Synod.
Beginning on Sunday, December 1, you will the opportunity to choose from 39 different gifts with prices ranging from $5 to $250. These gifts support the mission and programs of area Lutheran social service organizations, camps, college or seminary, and our Synod’s companion synods abroad.
Each year St. Paul’s has the opportunity to add a #40 Gift of Hope, and this year’s gift supports the “Social Ministry Sundays” program. This program is an extension of the popular “Six Sundays of Summer Service” when St. Paul’s members worked together to complete social ministry projects to help those individuals who are in need.
To view photos of the 2013 Six Sundays of Summer Service activities and projects, please visit http://www.stpaulslutherandc.com/news-and-events/photo-gallery2/category/13-six-sundays-of-summer-service-2013.
Gifts of Hope catalogs will be available in our congregation after services on December 1. Watch for the display in St. Paul’s narthex after each service beginning December 1 and ending on December 22. You can review the gifts, fill out an order form, and purchase your gifts with cash or check. Beginning this year, you may donate for the Congregational #40 Gift of Hope online using Simply Giving. Just go to http://bit.ly/stpaulsgive and choose "Gifts of Hope 2013 #40." You will receive a beautiful card and insert to use as the gift.