“Remember the words
of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said,
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
One Service Only - 9:30 AM!
Potluck Brunch Follows in Parish Hall
Dear Friends in Christ,
“We, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.” (Romans 12:5)
You will find enclosed a pledge card for our Pledge Ingathering on Sunday, November 18. There will be one service only at 9:30 AM, followed by a potluck brunch in the parish hall. Bring your favorite breakfast or lunch dish to share!
This year, to celebrate the sacred bonds we share as a community formed by God through Baptism, over forty members of St. Peter’s are offering regular prayers for God’s blessing, grace, and strength through December 2 for each person in our congregation. As you go about your day, know that you are being held before God in prayer!
As you pray over how much to pledge to St. Peter’s for the coming year, I invite you to think about your offering as a pledge to the nurture of relationships and community. We are made in the image of God who exists as a trinity of relationships: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Our life of faith is a life of growing in relationship with God and with each other in Christ. The more we give of ourselves – our time, talent, and treasure – the stronger our relationships become in which we find purpose and meaning, and experience the healing grace, love, and joy of a triune God who claims us as God’s own forever.
Your giving “with Heart, and Hands, and Voices” has made possible an amazing year. Many new members have joined St. Peter’s, and we have baptized eleven children, our highest number since 2011! Our worship has been strengthened by growth in each of our music and liturgical ministries. We have met in small groups to read and reflect on Scripture. We have walked with one another through celebrations, times of consolation, and in blessing dear friends as they have moved to new communities.
We have also strengthened our partnership with the larger Freehold community through outreach and service. Our place at the crossroads of life in Freehold was publicly acknowledged and thanked by the various governing boards as they granted approvals for our Building Crossroads construction plans. Because of your continued growth in giving, we touch more lives than we will ever know.
Please join us on November 18th that we may dedicate our pledges for the coming year together and celebrate the bonds we share as God’s people! If you are not ready yet to make your pledge, please join us for worship and our community brunch and then mail or bring your pledge card when you are ready. On behalf of the Vestry and Stewardship Team, thank you for being a part of the St. Peter’s community!
The Rev. Dirk C. Reinken