Most of you may know me by now – I am Stewart Stuart, a traveler from the wonderful country of Scotland. During the worldwide pandemic, I have been unable to return home and thanks to the kindness of your pastors and many of you, I have found a new home in Overland Park at Grace Covenant.
It’s been my privilege to learn about your wonderful church. I like that you’re a Presbyterian church, just like my wee kirk at home. What I love most of all is that you truly show kindness and compassion to strangers like me, the people in your community, and everyone who is part of the Grace Covenant family.
I also learned that this is an extra special time of the church year, the stewardship campaign. The Church of Scotland has a similar emphasis and tells us “Christian stewardship is a way of living in which we recognise that everything belongs to God. We are stewards of all that God has given us including our time, our abilities, our possessions, and our money.”
With the help of your talented member Mac Fechtling, I designed what we call a “clan badge” to remind all of you how closely connected you are. A clan badge is to remind a person of who they are loyal to and in your case, that’s easy – you are loyal to God, Jesus Christ, and the GCPC family. I know that there are some of you, like me, that have had a hard time this year and may find pledging a challenge. If each member does what he or she is able, if each family makes a commitment, I have no doubt that your generosity will overflow and keep the wonderful witness of Grace Covenant alive and well.
This worldwide pandemic will not last forever and we will all learn much from what we’ve experienced – especially to be thankful for the many gifts we have in our lives, thanks to God. I am thankful every day that God has blessed me in a difficult time with this new church family.
God has assigned to each of us the responsibility of managing the resources we have been given, including time, money and the ability for us to serve. We are so blessed at Grace Covenant that the resources and volunteers have been provided to us by God to accomplish our ministries.
GCPC asks for our pledges now, so that our leadership can plan the program life of the church for the year ahead, and do so with a balanced budget. Making an annual stewardship pledge is a commitment of your financial support for the coming year
You may fulfill your pledge on any schedule that meets your needs – weekly, monthly, quarterly or in one lump sum.
The vitality of our church depends on your ongoing, committed support. This support includes your financial commitment, participation in worship and other congregational activities, including the offering of your time and talent.