The Bishop’s Appeal: No Fundraising During October and November
October 2, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
In an effort to truly support our congregations this fall, the office of the bishop will cease all fundraising activity during October and November. We recognize the great effort that culminates in fall stewardship ingatherings, and we want to do all in our power to support that work. Please use the following note from me as encouragement to the people in your pews during this season.
A wise soul once said, “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.” This points to the heart of stewardship. Stewardship is all we do with all we have all the time. Scripture calls us to use everything we have to point others to God and the kingdom of heaven. In that spirit, I encourage you to give generously to your congregation’s fall ingathering. For the kingdom of heaven is as near as your own breath and as tangible as your gifts, which enable the work God has called you to in your community of faith.
Feel free to copy and paste the above paragraph into your bulletins, newsletters, emails, websites and social media posts. This will, I hope, encourage greater generosity on the part of your members, as we seek to build the kingdom of heaven.
I remain your servant in Christ,
The Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori
Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego
PS I welcome your thoughts about this new endeavor. Email me.