They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream. It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious, and it does not cease to bear fruit. - Jeremiah 17:8
Our goal is to raise $148,000 in pledges for 2024 and our aspiration is that everyone in our church family will participate. Everyone’s gifts are different and it is this diversity of blessings that allows a parish to thrive and grow. When we share our gifts, we are outwardly demonstrating our gratitude for what God has done for us and is doing for our community.
Our 2024 Pledge Campaign theme is Rooted in Abundance, and it comes from the prophet Jeremiah, who tells his people:
Blessed are those who trust in the Lord,
whose trust is the Lord.
They shall be like a tree planted by water,
sending out its roots by the stream.
It shall not fear when heat comes,
and its leaves shall stay green;
in the year of drought it is not anxious,
and it does not cease to bear fruit.
Imagine trusting in the Lord so much that even when difficulties and challenges abound, we believe that the life-sustaining waters of God will sustain us. Living like a tree planted by water with roots sent out by the stream, means that we do not fear when heat comes. We trust in the abundance within us and around us.
Our pledge campaign this year focuses on the simple theological truth that God has blessed us infinitely with all of the gifts of Creation. Our lives, our labor, our love is devoted to the mission of the Church when we take stock and realize that our lives and our response to God’s generosity are rooted in abundance.
Stewardship is a cherished practice of the Episcopal Church and helps us connect our lives to the mission of Church of the Holy Family. Our gifts provide vital revenue for the maintenance and operation of our sanctuary, the church buildings, and various technology needs. Our offerings are also critical to support the parish's outreach ministries, and financially compensate our devoted clergy and staff who provide pastoral care and engage us in prayer, worship, and service. Our annual financial gifts express our appreciation for the blessings we receive and share with our parish family.
"Stewardship involves love, hard work, energy, and dedication. It is also a gift that reflects a person's unique strengths, passions and resources. As a new vestry member, I love caring for the parish's present life and planning for its future. As Holy Family works to expand its reach to care for our larger Mills River family, please carefully consider your gifts of time, talent and treasure."
"Everything we have is a gift from God. God in turn asks us to be good stewards of these gifts and to return a portion to Him. Returning that portion enables Holy Family to minister to those in need and maintain this loving community. We are a community that welcomes the stranger and embraces one another in good times and bad. A community that is Christ’s presence in Mills River, NC."
"When stewardship is mentioned, I think of caretaking — caring for ourselves, family, parish and neighbors. When we offer our gifts of work, wealth and wisdom we are sharing our blessings, and in doing so we help lift everyone up."
The Episcopal Church of the Holy Family is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Our tax ID number is EIN 56-1685234.