Tending the Garden
For those of us who have been in the area for a long time, the transformation of Tysons’ is amazing. While the development brings many economic opportunities, many of us miss a time when there was less development, fewer people, less traffic and more of a sense of community.
Nestled in our pasture and garden, St. Thomas’ is a peaceful patch of green along an increasingly concrete corridor. More than just a green space, it provides a spiritual oasis for those of us living with the pressures of modern life in this region. Through the annual campaign of Stewardship at St. Thomas’, we are invited to contemplate what our community means to us and to commit to support the church for the coming year.
We come to our simple and beautiful A-frame church to seek communion with God and one another. We come for the liturgy, to sing and play blessed music, and to teach our children in the ways of the Lord. We seek instruction, inspiration and consolation from our wonderful clergy and staff. We tend the garden, man the pumpkin patch and reach out to those who need our assistance, in our community, our region and the world. Our doors are open to visitors and newcomers as we seek to share the joys we have found here. To keep the doors open, the staff paid, the grounds maintained, and our outreach flourishing, we need to ensure a strong financial ground for St. Thomas’, our ministries and our programs.
Every year in November, the Stewardship Committee reminds us that we are self-supporting and that we need the financial contributions of all our parishioners to keep the St. Thomas’ community healthy and vibrant. The Vestry is putting forward a carefully considered budget (see accompanying article). To meet our overall pledge income goal of $420,000, we are asking each household to consider the level of its pledge. In this year’s stewardship campaign, we are seeking a 5 to 7 percent increase in pledges from our existing pledging households, and to add 4 to 5 households to the total number of pledging households.
Please watch for a letter you will soon be receiving in the mail and review the pledge card and brochure that will be enclosed. As you prayerfully consider your pledge, consider also that our goal is that every household in the St. Thomas’ community will return a pledge card for the coming year. As we live our lives in the hustle and bustle of our region, St. Thomas’ is a precious spiritual home where we celebrate God’s love, find peace, wholeness and . Your support is key to sustaining our Christian community.