STEWARDSHIP PASTORAL MESSAGE 2021
“…THE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVE.”
I love the theme for our 2021 Stewardship Campaign…, “and the greatest of these is Love.” It is offered by my favorite author in scripture (apart from Christ), being St. Paul, of course. I love it because it picks “Love” as the greatest among two additional virtues, Faith and Hope.
2020 created many personal challenges. Many of those challenges were job related where parishioners either lost their jobs, had their wages reduced, businesses closed etc. This devastating reality for many prompted our Parish Council to create a work placement ministry. This will be a networking database specifically for our parishioners. I am excited about this, stay tuned.
We are so blessed that 2021 will be ushered in with a vaccine which will in turn allow more of our ministries to begin at full capacity. I expect more worship opportunities without limits, more fellowship, more youth gatherings, adult camaraderie, adult religious education, and more opportunities of hands on outreach to our greater community.
The Church’s ministries have continued through this pandemic and now it’s time to increase them to full capacity. With your Stewardship commitment in 2021, our ministries will continue to support the immediate and long-term mission of our parish. I long for the day where we can gather, worship, hug and greet each other in true Christian fellowship. The light at the end of the tunnel is approaching my friends.
St. Luke parishioners have always been strong and resilient. We maintain pride as a parish and remain humble in our accomplishments. Now, let us look forward to what God has in store for us in the New Year.
Please complete the enclosed 2021 Stewardship Card and mail/drop off at the Church at your earliest convenience. Your Stewardship commitment is an expression of thanks for the many blessings in your life and your support of Christ’s Holy Church. However much you decide to give, give joyfully!
Let us embrace 2021 with Faith in God, Hope in tomorrow and Love for one another,
….after all, the Greatest of These is LOVE!
With brotherly love and pastoral blessings, I remain in His loving Service,
Rev. Father Christ Kontos