What is Stewardship?
Simply stated, stewardship is using the gifts that God has given us to do the things that God calls us to do. At St. Andrew’s, stewardship is a spiritual practice beginning with a joyous awareness of God’s great love for us and gratitude for the abundance of God’s gifts and the wonder of Creation.
Pledge for 2014
Interested in setting up automatic withdrawal for your pledge on a monthly or quarterly basis? Contact the church office via phone (518.489.4747) or email for details.
Stewardship of Creation
St. Andrew’s Stewardship of Creations Ministry is committed to caring for God’s creation and fostering awareness of our inter-connectedness with all living things. We encourage the wise use of the earth’s resources through conservation, preservation, and restoration. We reach out to assist with environmental projects in the local community and are concerned with peace and justice issues in the world at large. Activities of this group include prairie planting, canoe trips and educational presentations for the congregation.
Stewardship of Time and Talent
Stewardship also involves giving authentically from ourselves, in ways that honor and celebrate our individuality. We are asked to serve as a channel of God’s loving abundance for our families, friends, our neighbors, and the world. Some of the ways that parishioners give of themselves include: volunteering in the church office, helping take care of the church building and grounds, serving in one of the positions of leadership in the church, or volunteering to help with church activities. Artists contribute their work to bulletin covers and our walls to enrich our worship experience. Singers and instrumentalists make beautiful music to glorify God.
Stewardship of our Financial Resources
St. Andrew’s is blessed each year by the generous giving of its members. Parishioners’ gifts of time, imagination and money have built a place of worship that is full of life. Each fall, members are asked to consider what proportion of their financial resources they will give back to God in thanksgiving for all they have received. Members of our congregation make an annual monetary pledge and/or give regularly in the offering plate.
St. Andrew’s is also blessed with endowments from parishioners who have remembered St. Andrew’s and the work we do in their wills. With these resources we are able to offer a quality Vacation Bible School free to the community, support new ministry opportunities, and support outreach ministries. A Planned Giving Committee is forming to help educate our members in the wise use of personal resources and the need to make thoughtful choices about their ultimate disposition including gifts to the church.