This Sunday is Stewardship Sunday - November 22nd!
As we approach Thanksgiving in this most unusual year, we give thanks for what we have, and plan and hope for our future. The Church of the Epiphany is kicking off its Annual Stewardship Campaign, Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow this Sunday, and we ask everyone in our community to prayerfully consider their pledge for 2021.
A letter has gone out, and we invite you to join our special Stewardship Service on Sunday, November 22nd at 10:30 am on Zoom (*please note, there will be no in-person service or 9:00 am service that Sunday)
You may declare your 2021 pledge by returning the pledge form that accompanied the letter, or you may do so on our website by clicking here: https://www.epiphanynyc.org/2021-stewardship-campa...
Last Sunday at our 9:00 am service, Vestry member Deborah Wilburn gave a wonderful and heartfelt testimonial as to why she pledges to Epiphany. You can read her message below, and we hope you will join us this Sunday at 10:30 am by Zoom to celebrate Stewardship Sunday together.
"Why do I pledge?
I’ve always felt that making an annual pledge was the right thing to do. There wasn’t a lot of emotion involved in my decision. On a practical level, it helped the church figure out how much money was coming in as they worked on the budget. On a personal level, making a pledge gave me a sense of accountability. To myself. Without that commitment, it was all-to-easy to skip putting something in the plate. Or now, making my offering online.
But then something happened. One day last year, during the pre-pandemic days, I was walking to church. I suddenly felt an eagerness in my step as I walked toward my destination. Seemingly out of nowhere, a thought popped into my head: I’m going home. Not in the sense that this is where I go to church, but home in a much more powerful way.
I thought about what I have at Epiphany. I don’t take my meals there, but I am sustained by receiving the body of Christ. I don’t sleep there, but I find peace, and a place to rest. And no matter what the weather is outside, I find shelter from the storms of life.
Epiphany is a unique community. I’ve formed genuine relationships with brothers and sisters in Christ that go far beyond exchanging the peace. I’ve found opportunities to give back and share my faith through various ministries. One of the most joyful was the year I was director of Vacation Bible School. I’ll cherish those memories of the children joyously singing hymns and playing and learning Bible stories for the rest of my life. And now I’ve been honored to serve on the Vestry.
But there’s more. When our world was shaken by the murder of George Floyd, as a Christian and as a white person, I felt a need to respond. But what could I do? I’m just one person. The answer again could be found in my home at Epiphany, which stands for social justice. As a first step we’ve read, along with the rest of the diocese, Dr. Ibram Kendi’s book, How to be an Antiracist. We were challenged to look inside ourselves and recognize our own prejudices. We can’t change the world. But we can work with the larger body of the Episcopal church to help bring about transformation within our own communities.
Last but not least, what I find in my home is the nurturing of my faith in Christ. This comes under the spiritual guidance of our priests, Father Roy, Mother Elise, and Deacon Horace. For me, their weekly ministry never fails to enlighten and strengthen me. Although I live alone, I don’t feel alone. They are always available to me and the whole congregation in times of need, trouble or just wanting someone to talk to.
This brings me full circle as I think about my true home. The Church of the Epiphany. The place I’m eager to go to, even if for now, it’s on Zoom. On Stewardship Sunday, I don’t ask myself, why should I make a pledge? Instead, I ask myself, how could I not?"
-Deborah Wilburn, Member of the Vestry