We Episcopalians frequently refer to the Three Legged Stool of Scripture, Tradition, and Reason as the hallmark of our faith. But just the other night one of our own mentioned to me another “three legged stool” that characterizes the way we do business. This one is less lofty, more to do with the day to day of running our parish: it’s the familiar phrase “Time, Talent and Treasure.”
Many among us give a great deal of all three of the T’s Some are able to give more of one than another. All three are important but this week I have decided to be blunt regarding our need for the third T, Treasure.
The amount currently pledged is enough to pay the rector for the year, but nothing else. The rest of our needs are being met through donations, facility use, and trust fund earnings. Relying on our trust funds is not sustainable. We need those funds for capital expenditures when they arise. We need to pay the bills and not rely on the generosity of past members to get through each month.
The church is the only “club” I know of that one can belong to that relies on the serendipitous generosity of its members. Rotary, Kiwanis, In-Shape Fitness, the Pacheco Club and the Junior League all expect their members to pay up, whatever the dues are. I think we owe our church at least what we would pay any of those entities. It is really hard to make a budget when you have no idea where the money is coming from or how much it will be.
If you have not yet pledged, I ask you to do so for the half year remaining. There will be a pledge card in the bulletin on Sunday. If you are considering joining All Saints’ we welcome you and ask you to consider a financial commitment when you are ready to do so. If you have already pledged, we ask you to prayerfully consider increasing your pledge if that is appropriate to your circumstances.
In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he refers to the riches of God’s grace that He has bestowed on us. Let us consider those spiritual riches as we ponder what we should give back to God of our earthly riches.
Claudia Ward, Senior Warden
All Saints’ Episcopal Church