God loves a cheerful giver
My seminary faculty advisor, Bishop Keith Whitmore, is the assisting bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Occasionally one of us would ask him what we should be doing in our parish assignments, with a class project, or preparation for ordination. More times than not, he would respond, “Just keep doing what you’re doing.”
That’s the message I share with St. Margaret’s today. Just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep being faithful to a life of prayer, contemplation, and action. Keep doing ministry within the walls of this building and far beyond in the larger community. Keep being the loving people you are. Keep laughing. Keep drawing people to our parish family by your joyful welcome and hospitality. Keep being generous. Just keep doing what you’re doing.
We have some additional needs. Please contact the office if you have the following skills, education, or desire to serve:
* Someone to take over the ministry of Jeannette Piotti, with recording memorial offerings and sending handwritten acknowledgments to donors.
* Eucharistic Visitors – speak with Christopher+ or Deacon Tom. Requires Safe Church Training (contact Susan Sullivan for details.) Training will occur in March and will be publicized in the Sunday bulletin and News from the Pews. This is important since Deacon Tom is retiring in June – we want to make certain that our parishioners have frequent access to the sacraments.
* Labyrinth – speak with Jesse Paquin if you want to be involved. Jesse and Alison are moving to South Boston in April. Jesse is committed to remaining in leadership with this and is looking for someone to partner with for needs that arise during the week e.g. obtaining a permit if the parish and vestry commit to creating the labyrinth.
* Building repair and stewardship – speak with Don Cox
* Creating a book with building maintenance details – speak with Larry Theye
* Grounds – speak with Margie Spencer-Smith
* Pastoral Care (both the committee to expand what we offer and direct care)
* Adult Christian Education – speak with Michael Lavender or Paul Mazur
* Children & Youth Christian Education – speak with Jillian Liversidge
* Occasional office support and data entry
* Mailing list removals – Calls to companies to remove names of past rectors and unnecessary parish mailings
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7