A letter from our Senior Warden, Rich Markiewicz

When I was asked to serve as your Senior Warden these last two years, I had no idea what an honor it would turn out to be. In our Vestry meetings we have a need to focus on finances and operations, but perhaps more importantly, is the time we spend discussing how we can best serve our neighbors and each other, utilizing our gifts of Time and Talent as we focus on our work in the world.

More Than Enough, our theme for this year’s pledge campaign, reminds us that our theology of giving focuses on the three-legged stool of Time, Talent, and Treasure. Recently you received a letter from the vestry focused on this year’s pledge campaign, which concerns the giving of our Treasure. I hope that you have already prayerfully reflected on your pledge to All Saints Church for this coming year. 

I want to turn our focus now to our gifts of Time and Talent. How can we determine what our gifts of Time and Talent are meant to be? To do its work and fulfill its true identity, the church is dependent on the gifts God gives its members. The apostle Paul associated God’s gifts with the work of ministry; with the identity of the church as the body of Christ; and with the vocation of Christians to become the mature individuals God calls us to be. The mission of the church and its members is to share in Christ’s work of restoring all people to unity with each other and with God. As we carry out the mission of the church, we grow spiritually into the fullness of our Christian identity.

How do you (and I) carry out the mission we are called to do?  I would like to share some current examples of the ways that our members use their gifts of Time and Talent to put their faith into action:

  • Participating in our recent church restoration
  • Attending Education For Ministry, Journey to Faith, or Episcopal Church Women
  • Serving on our Congregational Care team, calling parishioners to check on them
  • Serving as Greeters, Ushers, Lay Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Acolytes, and Vergers
  • Serving on the Vestry, Finance Committee, Endowment Board of Trustees, or Stewardship team
  • Serving as a minister of Vespers or Compline (or joining us in prayer!)
  • Serving on the Altar Guild or arranging beautiful flowers for the sanctuary
  • Growing and helping with our livestream ministry
  • Helping at Coffee Hour, Parking events, Peanut Butter & Jam outreach events, our annual Boat Parade event, or most recently, Floating Films by Starlight
  • Helping to make our Outreach ministries successful, including Beds around the Altar, T.R.U.E. Fund, Jubilee Center, or Laundry Love South Florida.

If you have not yet done so, can you see yourself participating in any of the above ministries? Is there any ministry you’d like to participate in starting?

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