Maybe now more than ever, today is an important time to be doing God’s work through life at St. Peter’s. Almost daily, I learn from and am encouraged by members and newcomers about their commitment to our Parish Vision to become: a community of bold followers of Jesus, a crowd that effects good change for the world, a place known for radical love and welcome, and a beacon of hope in Center City Charlotte. Recently, including the October 14–16 Outreach Challenge Weekend, I have been moved by the many meaningful ways by which we serve.
“Effecting good change for the world” comes to mind as I consider what the community of St. Peter’s has been able to do based on the October 12th announcement from St. Peter’s Capital Campaign Outreach Funds Advisory Committee. From the remainder of total funds collected from our most recent capital campaign, $178,856.71 has been distributed among five ministry initiatives. Our crowd of givers has effected good change for the world through extraordinary financial support of St. Peter’s Soup Kitchen at Urban Ministry Center, Galilee Ministries of East Charlotte, YWCA, Housing First Charlotte-Mecklenburg, and SABER at Urban Ministry Center. For more about the impact of our collective parish money gifts, visit www.st-peters.org/2016/10/capital-campaign-grants.
Today, “effecting good change for the world” comes to mind as our 2017 annual fund campaign is underway and November 6, Commitment Sunday, will be here before we know it. It is awesome to learn from our Parish Administrator that through “Support Life at St. Peter’s: Pledge 2017,” our crowd is making daily pledges, many of which have been increased from last year, to ensure sustainability and increase opportunities to fulfill St. Peter’s mission, ministry, and Parish Vision.
Let us pray that God’s abundance on our lives will continually inspire our crowd to give generously for the benefit of God’s Church and to effect good change for the world.
Blessings all around, Ollie+
The Reverend Ollie V. Rencher, Rector