From the Associate Rector - November Manifest
This Sunday, 14 November, we will conclude our Stewardship Campaign with the Blessing of the Pledges and a luncheon after the service. I hope you will join us in both giving and receiving!
Our goal for this year is $110,000 and 50 pledging units. As of last Friday, 17 pledging units had pledged a total of $57,680. We still have a good way to go, and we hope that all our members and faithful attendees will make a pledge that reflects what Epiphany means to them. If you haven’t already made your pledge, you may do so quickly and easily here: https://www.epiphanynyc.org/
You may not know that we, your clergy, also pledge. Chris and I pledge because we believe in Epiphany and its ministry – I wouldn’t have accepted my call here if I didn’t! – and we want to continue to support Epiphany through this time of transition.
This past Sunday’s Gospel was the Widow’s Mite, which we didn’t read because we observed All Saints’ Day (transferred). The story of the Widow giving her last two coins is truly a troubling story – Jesus notices her, and tells his disciples that unlike the scribes, who have given out of their abundance, she has given all she has to live in – one reading of it can be that she has given her life. The scribes give out of their abundance, and also “devour widows’ houses.” I don’t think Jesus wants us to be in the widow’s shoes, but I think he does want us to reflect on our actions and our giving (and don’t be like the scribes!!). It is indeed a good time of year to pause and reflect on all of our charitable giving and desires to give, as Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday, and the December holidays draw near. I don’t know about you, but I can go off the rails pretty quickly buying presents as Christmas nears if I don’t have a plan and a budget! Now is a good time to pause and think about our giving priorities, and prepare a plan as we’re able. I hope Epiphany will be among your priorities and plans this year.
We also ask you to consider a part of your giving to Epiphany to go specifically to the Wednesday Night Dinner Program (WNDP). Due to Covid, we have been unable to have our annual Epiphany Under the Stars fundraiser, which always brings in a significant amount for the program. While we have been fortunate to receive additional grants to assist, we also appeal at this time for help from our entire community to help the WNDP can serve more festive and substantial dinners for Thanksgiving and for Christmas, and continue serving its guests throughout the year. You can make a gift specifically for the WNDP by going to this link, and choosing Wednesday Night Dinner Program under funds.
Thank you for ALL that you give to Epiphany, and I hope to see you on Sunday.