This autumn has brought a harvest of fruits from much planting and tending in our community. I am not talking about Farmer's Market-type fruits but of the fruits of initiatives and ministries.
The work of Formation & Discipleship group has brought another harvest of small groups which are meeting, learning, and most of all, connecting people in new or deeper ways. The long, hard tilling of the Capital Campaign has born fruit in a new parish house roof and the masonry and window work that is nearing completion in the nave. This, in turn, will be the tilling and hoeing that leads to a dry, stable building, the fruit of which will be time and energy freed up for mission and ministry. Leadership will not have to take out as much time and energy to respond to falling-apart things, but instead offer a shelter in which community continues to flourish and ministries are nurtured.
As with every field and orchard we need to invest in seed and sowing, tilling, watering and weeding. In the life of a parish we do that through making a financial commitment, a pledge, so that the vestry knows what might be offered in the year ahead and responsibly set the scope of resources, staffing, and operations.
This is the season in which we ask everyone who looks forward to the fruits to consider her or his pledge for the year 2016. This season all are invited and encouraged to attend a small gathering in the home of a fellow parishioner. The goal of these gatherings is to share a meal, build a community, consider St. Luke's mission and ministry, and to have fun in a relaxed setting.
Ingathering Sunday is November 22nd, and I hope that everyone will have the opportunity to attend a Stewardship Gathering during the annual pledge campaign.
I look forward to celebrating the harvest and sharing in the continuing work of growing and nurturing with you, my companions on the journey.