"Despite everything, our faith thrives, our Cathedral thrives, and our generosity will continue to be the foundation that empowers the mission and ministries of St. James Cathedral. "
Dear St. James Family,
2020 has been a challenging year, and all of us likely cannot wait until the new year! God’s abundant grace and love have sustained us through these difficult times.
In 2021, God willingly, we will return to the Cathedral grounds and embrace the opportunities to restore and rejuvenate our hearts, minds, and soul in our community of faith. Even amid the countless disruptions, losses, and moments of anxiety, we have been blessed! For these gifts, we thank God.
As we lean into 2021, with great hope and anticipation, we are calling together our Cathedral Congregation through our stewardship theme, “Faith-Filled Generosity.”
Despite everything, our faith thrives, our Cathedral thrives, and our generosity will continue to be the foundation that empowers the mission and ministries of St. James Cathedral. The pandemic has tested our resolve, not our faith. We, the St. James Family are stronger and more resilient because we have discovered yet again that God is still with us and working among us even as the world has turned upside down. Thank you to each one of you who are doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our Cathedral.
As part of last year’s Stewardship Campaign, “What Can We Be,” many of you completed “Time” and “Talent” pledge cards that named skills you can share with congregation and ways you can offer your time to the Cathedral. The pandemic sidelined our ability to fully explore and empower your “Time” and “Talents.” However, we hope to revisit those offerings in 2021 to enrich our faith-filled generosity further as we return, restore, and rejuvenate.
There is no substitute for gathering together at the Cathedral. We all miss the fellowship, music, prayers, and breaking bread together. Despite the separation created by the pandemic, your continued generous stewardship, especially financially, has enabled St. James to serve our congregation, the community, and the Diocese, often through the marvels of technology. This is just one example of our Cathedral’s “Faith-Filled Generosity” in action during the pandemic.
In the coming weeks, primarily through the Midweek Missive, we will celebrate the ways our Cathedral Congregation has persevered and lived out our mission during the pandemic. We have not stopped being the Cathedral of St. James! These vignettes highlight how our faith and generosity come together to exemplify the love of Christ.
As you see and hear these stories, we encourage you to explore where God is calling you in 2021. What brings you joy at St. James, and can you offer that joy to others in the congregation? How can you, in your daily life and work, faithfully and generously share from the abundance of God’s gifts?
Our ingathering of financial commitments will take place on the First Sunday of Advent, November 29, 2020. As you can imagine, we still have some ingathering logistics to work out—stay tuned for more details. In the meantime, we humbly ask for your prayerful consideration of how you can faithfully and generously share your time, talents, and treasure with God and with your Cathedral Family.
Cathedral Family: May God’s blessing of safety and tranquility fill your hearts, minds, and soul.
In the name of God who restores and rejuvenates,
The Very Reverend Ryan D. Newman