FROM YOUR RECTOR
As fall approaches with warm days and cool nights and the changing colors of the leaves, we are beginning to work on our budget and make plans for the coming year of 2014. We are blessed with a beautiful church building in which to worship and a loving and caring community of Christians who work together in the many ministries that God has given us. Each year, in order to maintain our sacred space and the numerous ministries that nourish our parish community, we focus on our Stewardship in terms of giving of our time, talents and treasures. Christian Stewardship is a way of life in which our giving is a thankful response to all that God has given us. Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts from God to be received and shared. We are all stewards of our own future. Part of the work that God is calling each of us to do is to support the life and work of our congregation. When we give, it ought to be with the understanding that we are providing a legacy for our future and those who come after us.
While we may be a small congregation, we have a big heart, and there are so many ways in which all of you are contributing to the welfare of our parish and the wider community. One of the newer examples is your participation in the Kroger Cares Program, in which we received approximately $800 this year. As you have heard, Kroger is now offering their 5% rebate on all registered purchases through their Kroger Community Rewards, using your Kroger Plus card. The system is much simpler than before once you register your Kroger Plus card on-line. There is no more loading a separate card, no more running out of funds in the middle of a transaction and best of all no more having to remember to load a special gift card. All you have to do is go to www.kroger.com/communityrewards. Then, click on SIGN IN and fill in your e-mail and password associated with your Kroger card account or create a new one if you don’t have a password. Use your card number and match it with the charity of your choice—in this case “Church of the Ascension Mount Sterling.” Many thanks go to Allen Blair who set this up for us. If you need help with this, Allen Blair, Julia Waller, and I will be available on Sundays with our computers.
We have a busy schedule for the remainder of this liturgical year and the beginning of Advent. So, mark your calendars in November as follows:
Sun, Nov. 2-Casual Sunday and Work Day;
Sat. Nov. 8-Christmas Bazaar from 9AM-2PM;
Wed. Nov. 12- Diocesan Budget Meeting at 7PM;
Fri. Nov. 14-Stewardship Dinner provided by Vestry;
Sun. Nov. 23-Annual Meeting and Pot-luck luncheon;
Sun. Nov. 30- Bishop’s visitation.
I hope that in the days ahead, we will all discover and rediscover the countless ways that we can offer ourselves in service to God and others. We are, indeed, blessed people—blessed with great gifts of time, talent and treasure. And, each day that God gives us is an opportunity to use those gifts. As always, I applaud the commitment, dedication and care that each of you brings to our community of faith and the world. May we rejoice in God’s love and in the countless ways all of us share that love in the world.
In Christ's love,