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St. Peter's is My Home
Stewardship Campaign, December 2008
By Marty Rodgers


As I sorted through the mail last week, the letters asking for money overwhelmed me. The requests were from groups offering food, shelter, healing, and justice to "the least of these" as Christ called them. The need is never ending. It seems to be getting worse as more letters fill my mailbox. Do you feel this way too? Did your St. Peter's stewardship brochure get lost among the others?
With the so many worthy causes, why give of our limited treasure to the solid, ever present church down the road? Giving to the church doesn't have the same warm-fuzzy feeling of really helping people.

Our church does really help people - people just like you. No one is too full, too warm or too healthy not to need a spiritual home. Just before Thanksgiving, over 80 parishioners of all ages gathered for dinner. While the teens discussed the reality of poverty and the work of Ecclesia ministries, the kids played board games and the adults shared stories. The stories told of our lives that week, the past month, or several years ago. There was much laughter and a general feeling of gratitude for those around us. The burdens we carried seemed a little lighter that night. The stories and the people who shared them are the foundations of this church home; a part of God's spiritual food and shelter.

We are not just another charity, although our church does support charities near and far. St. Peter's is a home for our souls, a place to nurture our spirits so that we may go into the world in peace to love and serve the Lord.
St. Peter's may be your weekly home, occasional home, seasonal home or holiday home. If this is your church home and you haven't already made a financial commitment please do so now. Let's keep St. Peter's that solid, ever present church down the road, a spiritual home for us all.

May the Peace of the Lord be with you, Marty Rodgers, 2009 Stewardship Chair
 
St. Peter's is My Home, October 2008
By Marty Rodgers


Surely as the leaves start to fall, Stewardship season is upon us as well. This year's theme is "St. Peter's is My Home." A home church is a wonderful thing. Its a place to which we can turn each week or a few times each year. Holidays and regular days. The quiet, serene early service or the bustling, joyous later service. Our church is always here and will always be here -- physically and spiritually thanks to the stewardship of many generations, including our own.

An old proverb says a "home" should provide both roots to support and wings to fly. From the roots of love, prayer, fellowship and sharing of sacraments St. Peter's provides us the spiritual support to build God's kingdom in the world around us. Lofty words... I don't think so. The parishioners of St. Peters can be found in almost every community organization in Weston and Wayland, often serving as board members and directors. Parishioners work in and for charities throughout the Boston and MetroWest area. Our church, your home church, doesn't demand or expect that all your Christian stewardship will flow through our programs (or into our coffers). St. Peter's wants to be your foundation and we know God is at work in and through us in many ways, not just on Sunday.

In the communion liturgy we ask that having been fed with spiritual food "send us now into the world in peace and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart, through Christ our Lord." As we turn inward this month to support and sustain our church, we do so knowing that St. Peter's isn't just another charity or weekly appointment, its our home.

St. Peter's Stewardship 2009


Entire Update Letter From Marty Rogers
Contributors to 2009 Campaign
St. Peter's Is My Home
What is going on at my Home Church?
What is Stewardship?
2008 Financial Facts
2008 Gift Data
2009 Financial Goals
What Can I Do to Help?
How Much Should I Give?
Gift Form (Downloadable)
Automated Giving Throuh ParishPay
The Parish Wide Church Supper Pictures
Church School Teacher and Families Appreciation Breakfast Pictures


St. Peter’s Is My Home




January 2009: An Update from the Stewardship Campaign by Marty Rodgers

On behalf of the Wardens, Clergy, Vestry and, well, the whole church community, I want to thank all of you who have participated in the 2009 Stewardship Campaign: St. Peter’s is My Home. To date, we have received pledges from about 110 families totaling more than $300,000.

In times of transition and uncertainty, people tend to return to that which nurtures and sustains them -- most notably to our homes. We find comfort in our family home, the homes of good friends, and our church home. You are welcome in your home at St. Peter’s regardless of your employment status, portfolio balance, or any other material measure. As a community of Christ we look to the soul; we offer a place to rest your burdens for a moment. That you continue to give in times of uncertainty is an act of deep and abiding faith.

As stewardship chair, I see the notes attached to pledges, and the after-church comments in which parishioners tell of their affection and gratitude for the church and its role in their lives. I see increased pledges that reflect stronger connections to the church. I see stable pledging from families in transition. And I see commitments to participate, albeit at a lower level from families living through job losses, salary cuts, college tuition spikes, and lost retirement savings. What I see is a church on the move, growing, striving, and praying; and I am to be a grateful to be a part of that.

We expect to fall short of our initial goal to raise $425,000, set in September. Thanks to the strong leadership of our Treasurer, Finance Committee, Vestry and generous pledges in 2008, we enter 2009 in a strong financial position. However, we must re-evaluate the 2009 budget with the awareness that we will have less money to do the work of our church this year.

So I appeal to you now: this is not the time to shrink from the dreams we have set in motion - we have gone forward in faith, and must not loose it now. The joy, the hope, the anticipation and engagement are palatable. Advent, the season of expectation, has passed. But we are still in advent as a church community. We have much to anticipate in the New Year: the continued engagement of our youth, the ministry of a new music director, workshops for adults, an evolving church school program and outreach opportunities to help our neighbors.

If you haven’t made a financial commitment to St. Peters for 2009, please do so now. We need your help to fulfill our dreams and to do the work God is calling us as a church family to do.

I wish you a New Year of peace, joy and love.

Marty Rodgers, Stewardship Chair

Thank you to all who supported our 2009 Stewardship Campaign*

Anonymous
Aileen & Earl Harvey
Anne M. Fagley
Barbara Kirkpatrick
Barbara McMullin
Becky Callow
Bill & Angie Tyler
Bill & Cathy Symonds
Bill & Susan Poduska
Bob & Jane Hutchinson
Brian & Jill Lenhardt
Cathy & Tom Nicholson
Charlie Nadeau
Chip & Lucy Bradley
Cynthia & Steven Chapra
Cynthia Appleby
Dave & Bobbie Bradley
David A. McMullin
Deb & John Marchiony
Diana & Arthur Coates
Diane Clare
Didi Burgess & Mark Smith
Don & Thelma Perry
Doris T. Fuller
Dorothy F. Chase
Dorothy Q. B. Nelson
Doug Bradley
Douglas & Marion Henderson
Ed Vydra & Joanna Stimpson
Edie Mackie
Elizabeth B. Eaton
Elizabeth W. Rowe
Florence G. Atkins
George & Frances Tucker
George Bargamian & Deborah Reister
Gus & Una Fleischmann
J. L. B. Fiske
Jack & Holly Heine
James & Martha Benson
Jean & Jean-Pierre Schott
Jeff & Tina Peters
Jim & Melissa Gerrity
Joan Parrish
John & Ann Jacobs
John & Ann Sallay
John & Liza Knapp
John & Lynn Maruskin
John Bulbrook & Carolyn Ellis
Judy & German Campos
Kay Conrad
Kerry Wellington
Lachenauer Family
Lee Queen
Louisa Birch
Lucy G. Carter
Lydia & Dave Icke
Maged & Pamela Khalil
Margaret L. Randle &
James A. McDaniel
Marshall & Nicole Bartlett
Mary B. Williams
Mary P. King
Mary Pughe
Mercer & Doug Riis
Mr & Mrs. Harold S. Schwenk, Jr.
Pamela Swain
Pat Jensen
Peter & Julie Mansfield
Polly Dickson
Priscilla Hindmarsh
Rex DuPont & Clover Nicholas
Richard & Peggy Batcheldor
Rob & Marty Rodgers
Ron & Janice Corley
Ron Lamphere
Rudy & Anne Ruggles
Sally Seiler
Sallyann B. Studley
Sarah & Ned Rossiter
Shannon Hartmann
Sharon & Bud Mohney
Shirley Mae Epp
Stephen & Amanda Voysey
Steve & Ann Peacher
Ted & Markie Phillips
Ted Rhoades
The Batarekh Family
The Dahl Family
The Estes Family
The Iacano Family
The Jeffrey Pierce Family
The Kirkham Family
The Murphy Family
The Packs Family
The Pratt Family
The Reeves Family
The Swanson Family
The Tyler-Rubensteins
The Wynant Family
Tom & Laura Keery
Tom & Michelle King
Tom & Robin Jackson
Wen & Fiona Stephenson
Wes & Maria Kussmaul & family
Wim Overmeer & Lisa Intriere
Joe and Faith Mori
Chay Veeder
*As of January 7, 2009. If your name has been left off this list in error, please get in touch with Marty Rodgers, Stewardship Chair.
mrodgers@stpetersweston.org

An Invitation to Join in the
2009 Stewardship Campaign
 

Dear St. Peter’s Parish Family:

 “Oh there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays you can’t beat home sweet home.”

So go the lyrics of an old song – I remember it best the way Perry Como sang it in a 1959 recording, but of course it has been performed by many musical artists over the years.

I thought of that old chestnut because our stewardship theme this year is “St. Peter’s is My Home,” and those old song lyrics suggest what it feels like to be home for special times like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. 

The word “holiday” is a contraction of “holy” and “day” – that is, times when our individual lives are made more “whole” by gathering together as family.  The Church is called to bear witness to the gift of this kind of wholeness as it is revealed in the compassionate words and deeds of Jesus during his earthly life. 

In a real sense, every worship service, every study group, every fellowship event, and every commitment to meet the needs of others deepens our gratitude to the God by whose grace every day can be a holy day.

I hope you will join me and the parish leadership in celebrating the signs of ongoing and renewing parish family life included in this booklet, and that, in your generosity, you will want to offer joyfully your gifts of time, talent and treasure to St. Peter’s.

Stephen O. Voysey, Rector



Everything scripture says about giving begins with what God has given to us. 

If we believe all that we are and all that we have comes from God—the skills and talents with which we earn a living, the support of family and friends, and the wisdom we are given to handle the various situation of life—our gift to St. Peter’ is merely a part of the cycle of receiving and giving.

For most of us, St. Peter’s represents only one of the ways in which our money helps us serve and thank God.  What makes St. Peter’s different from other worthy institutions?  Perhaps it is our singular purpose:  to share the good news that God chooses to be the constant source of life-giving possibilities every day of our lives.

Your gift will help keep the lights on and pay the staff a fair wage.  But don’t we as a parish family want more than that?  Don’t we hope to be a beacon to others?  To expand our outreach efforts?  To have beautiful music throughout the year and at our holiday services?  To build programs and maintain facilities for future generations?

There is no “correct” dollar amount for a gift to St. Peter’s.  But as you think and pray about your gift, please consider the following: does your gift reflect your gratitude for the past, support for the present and hope for the future of our church? 

 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

- Luke 12:34


What is going on at my home church?

- St. Peter’s Rocks, our youth group lead by our new assistant rector Hall Kirkham, is active and planning their program for the year.

- Beth Graham, our new church school administrator, is leading middle school class and supporting all our church school teachers.

- The newly renovated first floor classrooms and nursery are well-staffed, bright and cheerful.

- The Sunday 10:00 am service has been restructured to be more accommodating to families and church school teachers.

- Numerous small groups are coming together for pot-luck suppers, workshops and Bible studies to laugh study and pray.

- 11 youth were confirmed last spring and this year’s class has begun its preparation.

- 20 families provided food for 220 children in the BSAFE Summer day camp at St. Stephen's and St. Augustine/St. Martin churches in Boston

- 11 parishioners traveled to Honduras for the 5th year to help build and support the El Hogar School. 

- Church school children baked cookies for displaced families in the REACH program and breads for Thanksgiving baskets.

- Our support for the Bishop Masereka Christian Foundation in Kasese Uganda provided school fees and health services for 10 children.

- 2007 & 2008 budgets were balanced.  Reserve accounts were established to maintain our rectory and church properties.


What is stewardship?

“Using the gifts that God has given us to do the work that God is calling us to do.”

2008 financial facts:

- The average gift to St. Peters was $2,400.
- 139 families or individuals committed a gift to St. Peters.
- Over 80% of our operating budget was funded from gifts committed during our stewardship campaign.
- Thanks to the generosity of those participating in our capital campaign, the assistant rector position is funded for the next three years.
- Our outreach programs received the largest amount of funding after staffing and facilities costs.

2008 Gift Data:

Size of Gift:            % of Gifts               % of Dollars

under $3,000                 70%                        22%

$3,000 – $5,000            16%                        18%

$5,000 – $8,000              8%                        15%

$8,000 or more                6%                        39%

2009 financial goals:

1. Raise $425,000 from parish gifts. 
2. Broaden our base of support by increasing the number of parishioners making financial commitments to St. Peter’s.
3. Deepen the base of our support by increasing the size of gifts to St. Peter’s. 


What can I do to help?

Pray.

Include the St. Peter’s family in your prayers, giving thanks for the fellowship we share and asking for guidance for the journey we travel together.

Share.

Join us for Holy Eucharist each Sunday and for fellowship activities throughout the year at St Peter’s.

Give.

Make a financial commitment on-line with a credit card or by printing and returning the form at end of this section.

 

Gracious God,

You have given us much:  grant us also a thankful spirit.  Into your hands we commend these faithful parishioners and all whom they love.  Be with them still and renew them for the service of your abiding love.

Amen

How much should I give?

Everything scripture says about giving begins with what God has given to us. 

If we believe all that we are and all that we have comes from God—the skills and talents with which we earn a living, the support of family and friends, and the wisdom we are given to handle the various situation of life—our gift to St. Peter’ is merely a part of the cycle of receiving and giving.

For most of us, St. Peter’s represents only one of the ways in which our money helps us serve and thank God.  What makes St. Peter’s different from other worthy institutions?  Perhaps it is our singular purpose:  to share the good news that God chooses to be the constant source of life-giving possibilities every day of our lives.

Your gift will help keep the lights on and pay the staff a fair wage.  But don’t we as a parish family want more than that?  Don’t we hope to be a beacon to others? To expand our outreach efforts? To have beautiful music throughout the year and at our holiday services? To build programs and maintain facilities for future generations?

There is no “correct” dollar amount for a gift to St. Peter’s.  But as you think and pray about your gift, please consider the following: does your gift reflect your gratitude for the past, support for the present and hope for the future of our church? 

 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” 

- Luke 12:34

In grateful response to God’s many gifts, I/we commit to
support the work of my home church, St. Peter’s.


Click here to download a PDF form for donation



To assist you in making your pledge, we are pleased to offer a new and easier way to support our parish – Automated Giving through Parish Pay. With Parish Pay, you can make your monthly or annual financial contribution electronically, direct from your credit card account. Our vestry and finance committee has embraced this program as a means to help you commit to a prayerful, budgeted amount to be deducted from a credit card on an annual or monthly basis. Other options are shown as available, but the credit card mode works without a glitch.

For more information on how you can enroll in Parish pay click here




The Parish Wide Church Supper
Held Sunday evening, November 23 


From the laptop to the counter top to the alter rail...
how might we find a path to God in our daily stride. 


 
We gathered with friends old and new for dinner and an evening program with facilitators from the Bethany House of Prayer in Arlington. The adult dinner was in the Parish Hall with separate activities for infants through teens throughout the church. We had an energizing evening in fellowship and spirit.

Church School Teachers Appreciation Breakfast
...for teachers and their families.


Each Sunday we rely on you to bring the Gospel message closer to the hearts of our children. Your patience, compassion and enthusiasm teach them more about God's love than texts and activities can alone. In addition to all the work and laughter you bring to your classes, as a group, you have been flexible, light hearted and generous as St. Peter's navigates the new church school schedules and facilities.

We served teachers and their families a warm, nutritious breakfast before church recently. Thank you!

 

 
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