Gethsemane’s Stewardship In-gathering will be on Sunday, November 17, 2013. Please bring your commitment card to church and place it in the offering plate at the 8:30 and 10:30am services. Pledge cards will be available beginning on November 3rd. In order to faithfully fulfill our financial obligations we are asking you to prayerfully consider increasing your commitment by 15% over your 2013 pledge.
Please join us for BRUNCH, hosted by the Odneys, during the 9:30am Coffee Hour.
A Message from the Dean – Fr. John Whitnah
An old gospel hymn has these words as the chorus:
“Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God has done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one, And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
The following comments were made by several members of the Chapter in response to the question “How has God blessed Gethsemane in 2013?”
I think first and foremost was the wonderful work of the search committee. It was wonderful to see people come together and work so hard. Of course, we are truly blessed with the outcome of their hard work. John and Nina have already been such a great addition to our parish family.
I also think immediately of the growth in new families in the congregation. The new faces in the choir and Spiritsong are also wonderful. The steady building improvements we have been able to do; baptismal font, new tables and chairs.
Lastly, the overall excitement that I feel every time I walk into the building is such a joy! That is hard to measure but I know the Spirit is working in all of us.
Successful completion of Dean search. Addition of new members and families.
Births of children and grandchildren. Baptisms. Weddings. Successful stewardship campaign resulting in increased budget and funding for a full-time Dean. Continued home for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, AA and others. New home for the farmer’s market/CSA. Celestial Sounds concerts, other music programs, and new songs.
Calling a full-time Dean; Restarting a women’s study group; Continuation of Sunday school program, confirmation class, Children’s sermons, all led by various members of the parish
One blessing that comes to mind for 2013 is how God has worked through the congregation to provide financial stability. I remember a time not too long ago that annual reports reflected an uncertain financial future, but in the past two years we have been very blessed. With the continued encouragement from newsletters, stewardship, and a growing congregation this blessing promises to continue for 2014!
As we approach the season of Thanksgiving and consider our commitments to God’s work in and through Gethsemane, let’s begin by counting our blessings, one by one and be surprised at what God has done! What would you add to the above list?
A Message from the Chapter
As Christians living in the world and worshipping in this community of faith, we believe that God has blessed us with many gifts, especially Jesus Christ. With these blessings God calls us to give. We believe giving is both our responsibility and essential to our spiritual health. As individuals and Chapter members we make ourselves available to God to work through us as we serve our church, our community and all those in need. We affirm that commitment by sharing our financial resources, giving proportionately with the tithe (10%) as our goal. We invite you to join us in generously providing the financial support needed to continue the spiritual legacy of Gethsemane Episcopal Cathedral and to provide for our future needs.
Glenn Bietz, Senior Warden; Lisa Nemer, Junior Warden; Joni Bertel, Treasurer; Lori Tiongson, Clerk; Margie Bailly, David Bertel, Julia Bowsher, Cathy Budzielek, Doug Herman, Ericka Morlan, John Rogstad, and Dale Shook.