This Week at St. Stephen’s–November 20, 2011

A MARKETPLACE FOR PHILANTHROPY

We heard recently of a local church that disallows Sunday announcements about mission projects other than their own. Apparently they fearthat church members might follow a new scent and neglect their support of theirown church. We at St. Stephen’s take the opposite approach.

Last Sunday Tevin Richards, a friend of Stephen and DarielBateman, and a worker on behalf of women’s rights in Uganda, took a few minutesduring the Sunday announcements to tell us about this important work, especiallyin an AIDS-ravaged part of the world where the burden of domestic care oftenfalls to women. People wanted to know more.

Our own Dave and Barb Driftmier have just returned from asix-week exposure trip to North India where they are fostering support for anew orphanage there. Vestry has asked them to prepare a presentation that willhelp us consider how St. Stephen’s might become involved.

Of course, we expect our church members to support theirchurch financially. We make provision for that through stewardship campaigns,offering envelopes, preauthorized debit, and special appeals. We also promoteselected outreach projects through our monthly Pink Envelopes.

But we also expect our members to be actively engaged in thehealing of our world through outreach ministries that speak to them personally,whether or not those ministries have any direct connection with St. Stephen’s.Our view is that church ought to be a veritable marketplace of philanthropic
opportunities. So we provide the airtime. But the rest is up to you.

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