2021 Stewardship Letter

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

Dear Christ Church,

In Leviticus 25, after freeing his people from slavery, God instructs the Israelites on how to likewise show gracious compassion for others in need. We see God as a defender of the poor and as a generous provider of freedom and rest. Christ Church, you mirror God’s heart in the ways you have shared your resources so generously to care for others during the challenging past year.

Dietrich Bonhoffer said, “The Church is the Church only when it exists for others…not dominating, but helping and serving. It must tell men of every calling what it means to live for Christ, to exist for others.”  Christ Church, you are a church for the sake of others. During the recent “Snowmaggedon,” you opened your homes to others who were without power, you delivered food, water, and firewood; you gave sacrificially to the Acts 2:44 CARES fund to support Austin area churches in need during the pandemic; you participated in food drives for Zavala and Blackshear Elementary families and Mission Possible; you gave generously to our benevolence fund to help families negatively affected by the COVID shutdowns; and you gave to mercy ministries such as the Potter’s House in Guatemala and provided support for the Khmer church in Cambodia.  God’s goodness and love are on display through your actions.

As believers and followers of Christ, we are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and with all our strength.  Our calling requires our time, talent, and treasure from the whole body. You might be familiar with the biblical concept of giving a tithe (10%); it’s simply a guide, which some might not reach, but others can exceed. So wherever you are, as God provides, incremental annual increases are a tangible way to reach one’s goals to participate in a generous and generative community.

If you are new to Christ Church, I want to invite you to take this step with us for the first time. If you’ve been around a while, you’ll know that this is the time of year we prayerfully re-evaluate our giving for the next 12 months.

You will find a pledge card here. We invite you to complete the online pledge form or a physical card. Those worshipping in person will have an opportunity to bring their card on March 14, Celebration Sunday, and place it on the Lord’s Table. For those worshipping with us online, a digital pledge link will be live and accessible for you to join us digitally in that moment of making our annual pledges. This link is live even now, however, if you would like to complete your pledge in advance.

This is a tangible response to God’s love as we behold his shining glory and celebrate his work in our lives. We serve the God who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills,” a God who is characterized by a spirit of abundance, not scarcity, a God who calls us into a generative and generous life, for the sake of others, and the praise of His glory.

 

Yours in Christ,

Cliff Warner+, John Nehme (Senior Warden), Paul Adeleke, Nate Bruce, Leslie Cameron, Kevin Lloyd, Emily Padula, and Sara Schultz