“They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. — 1 Timothy 6:18-19 NRSVA
Please scroll down this page for letters, testimonies, devotions and details about the Stewardship 2021 Campaign. Pledges will be brought to the altar and blessed November 1.
From Father Paul: When we set “Faith-Filled Generosity” as the theme for this year’s stewardship campaign, none of us could have known what this year would be like. This theme speaks to us in many ways in the midst of the unusual year we find ourselves in. Just over six months ago, we were placed in a position that the Church has never been placed into before as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and shut our doors. These last six months have been difficult and trying on so many levels, but the incredible generosity and support of ECA parish members has kept us going. I am reminded of Paul’s letters to the church, where he addressed the church during a very difficult time period of their faith. Similarly, it feels as if the Church and religion in general has been under attack in so many ways these last few months. I am looking forward to bringing ECA back together again, united and stronger than before COVID-19 restrictions separated us apart from one another. I do not know where 2021 will take us for the new year, but one thing is for certain; I look forward to sharing in the abundance of God’s blessings and grace that has been bestowed on ECA due to your faith filled generosity and support.
Each year, we make an appeal to ECA members to continue to financially support our ministry and mission, both faithfully and generously. I am overjoyed at the generosity of the people of ECA because of the abundance of grace and love we share among one another.It is my hope that you are able to witness, in some shape or form, the benefits of your pledge and the faith filled generosity we can share in our community and the world. The Vestry and I ask for your continued generous financial support so we can continue to live out our mission statement in bold, new and exciting ways. “Our Mission is to bear witness to God’s love and invite, encourage, and prepare God’s people to share that grace with others.” During the next few weeks members of ECA will share written reflections on how the light of Christ has blessed their lives and impacted their stewardship. Please think about these things, and when the time comes for you to make your commitment, remember God “is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Cor.9:8) To God be the Glory!
As we continue our walk in these uncertain times your continued financial support is necessary and essential.
Download the pledge card by clicking HERE (mail to 1673 Jamerson Rd. Marietta, GA 30066 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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A Testimony Letter from Wanda Ziembinski: When I was asked to do a testimony for our annual Stewardship campaign, I had to really stop and think. Our theme this year is “Faith Filled Generosity”. But how do you keep the faith in a year filled with so much stress and anxiety? Of course the easy thing to say is just put all your faith in God and everything will work out. But I believe it has! We all have learned to adapt, not only in our personal lives, but also in a way that allowed us to keep our commitment to everyone at ECA, as well as our community. He has shown us how to accomplish many things, and while doing it, we are all stronger, more resilient and connected than we have ever been before.
This, however, still didn’t answer the question about my own personal faith. The Lord directed my thoughts to the piano I recently donated to ECA; and my faith and trust in Him when I was stressed out and didn’t know what to do. God provided a plan for me to be able to decide what to do, and also to figure out how to bring a piano from NY to Georgia during a pandemic. My faith not only gave ECA a beautiful piano for everyone to enjoy, it gave me an even better gift. Every Sunday I get to picture my friend sitting at the piano very happily playing along with Joe. The more I thought about it, the more I realized my faith brought me many gifts this year, for which I am very thankful. I hope everyone will look into their hearts and see the many gifts you have received and also be thankful.
A Testimony Letter from Cal Beck: Friends, I would like to share some personal history and perspectives on this year’s Stewardship drive, “Faith Filled Generosity, Taking a step forward for Christ and His church.”
I started attending ECA some twelve years ago. At the time I was a Lutheran, where I was not attending church regularly or participating in church activities. Upon finding ECA through friendship with the McCabe’s, I felt a change in my attitude due to the warm welcome and friendliness of our church family. Since then, I’ve grown to believe that fellowship through church membership takes us on a journey in our faith to be better individuals. This is where we are supported and nurtured into who He wants us to be.
At this point, I went through Christian Education classes that prepared me to be confirmed into the Episcopal Church. Actually, my involvement at ECA began small; volunteering to be a Lector on Sunday mornings. Early on, friends wanted me to go through training to be a Chalice Bearer. At the time I was not ready and lacked confidence to join in. As time went on, however, I began to realize how much I had grown in my faith, and felt I needed to give back to my church community. I served on the ECA Vestry for three years. I can say for me, it was a rewarding experience which opened my eyes to the workings and needs of our wonderful ECA. Due to shortages in resources, I then volunteered to read the Prayers of the People to help share the load of the other Readers. Yes, I was apprehensive; but actually, I have learned that doing the Prayers are so meaningful and I am left with a peaceful feeling every time that I am called on to do them. Our Liturgy is not hard to do, and being an active participant blesses me more that I can articulate. I truly hope that more of our church family feels called to serve as an additional part of the ECA Services. We need volunteers in this area and trust me…. By giving in this way, you receive much more than you give!
I want ECA to be successful! It’s not the mortar and bricks of the building, although, I love the facility and the campus grounds. Yes, I do contribute through the automatic pay feature via my bank because just like running a family or business, it does take resources to make the church run and share our mission with the community. But giving is more than just finances. It’s giving of your resources: time, talent and financially.
The impact of the COVID pandemic has been a challenge, as you all know. I do feel with the leadership of Father Paul and the Vestry, we have not only maintained but have grown in many ways. For example, our church members are reaching out now more than ever to keep in touch with one another. ECA has risen to the task of increasing the number of Food dives to help the needs in our community. Our services (even with not being able to meet in person) are streamed for our parishioners to view and has gained a great following. Additionally, I have been honored to read the Morning Prayers during the week, which are streamed online as well. It is my hope that more volunteers would consider joining as Readers (the Morning Prayers are easy, right out of our Book of Common Prayer).
Finally, as my journey continues, I am currently in my fourth and final year of the EfM program (Education for Ministry). It is a wonderful experience of learning and friendship with others. With the help and encouragement of our church family, I am now one of the Chalice Bearers. I have learned that in our ECA family there are very talented people that are on different paths seeking The Kingdom of God. I encourage you to step out into whatever He has planned for you during your journey.
Peace, Calvin Beck
Faith Filled Generosity TENS Reflections
- October 4 – The Rev. Ed Gomez
- October 11 – The Rev. Melanie S. Donahoe
- October 18 – The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce
- October 25 – Rob Townes
- All Saints Day – Mary MacGregor
- November 8 – The Rev. Matthew Woodward
- November 15 – The Rev. Chris Harris
- Christ the King – J. Davey Gerhard