Have you received your stewardship pledge card in the mail?
They were mailed two weeks ago, but we just learned that two Vestry members haven’t received theirs. Because they speculate their envelopes might have been recycled with the plethora of political mail, they both remedied the situation by pledging online.
And that’s why I’m writing you today. To remind you that – if you haven’t pledged – you can pledge online in about 30 seconds, regardless of whether you received your pledge card or not. (If you have pledged, thank you!)
However, I also know that making your pledge – online or on paper – often takes longer than 30 seconds for numerous reasons. Personally, for me over the years, the delay has been due to prayer, introspection, worry, fear and procrastination.
My first job out of college was in the development office of St. Mark’s School of Texas, a private boys’ school in Dallas where I coordinated the annual fund. From there, I went on to raise money at several other independent schools and then two large Episcopal churches. However, because I worked for non-profits, I never made that much money. And yet, here I was talking to parishioners about tithing, though the thought of doing it myself, scared me to death.
Finally one year, I realized that I was done with the anxiety – and fear – when deciding how much I could give away. I was tired of allowing money to control something that should be joyous. I wrote down the amount I wanted to give and mailed in my pledge card before I could change my mind. I trusted that it would work out, and then I let it go.
And, you know, it did work out. It was also freeing and it felt joyous. Like how giving should feel.
To be clear, I still have angst about money, but more often than not, I trust that what I commit to the church is going to work out. I also know that, if my situation changes and it’s not going to work out, the church understands. That’s who we are. We support each other.
If you haven’t pledged, perhaps it’s because you didn’t receive a pledge card and you weren’t sure how to pledge online. This link is the solution to that. However, if you’re wrestling with how much to pledge, perhaps my experience will help. Or not. Everyone’s relationship with money is unique. You know what’s best for you. However, if you’re like me, sometimes letting go and trusting God can be a huge relief. And bring a lot of joy.
Thank you for listening.
Lara Lowman, Senior Warden
P.S. If you don’t want to pledge online, feel free to email Ben Wallace directly with your pledge or to request another pledge card be mailed to you.