Since 1844 generations of stewards have been called to give of their time, treasure, and talent to the Episcopal Church of the Ascension. We are now called to continue this Legacy.
Being an Excellent Steward
September 24, 2019
Dear Friends in Christ,
The Episcopal Church of the Ascension has persevered in sharing the Good News of God in Jesus Christ for 175 years. Seven + generations of faithful committed members have given generously of their time, treasure, and talent. We remember and give thanks for their gifts as we, who are the beneficiaries of such generosity, are now called to do likewise.
Being a good steward is challenging! Since the beginning of time God has called God’s people to be good stewards of all God has given. That includes everything! How are you doing? The leadership of our Stewardship Ministry wants to help you and me be the best stewards we can be. For God has been generous to us here at the corner of Bartow and Cherokee. We have a beautiful campus in a beautiful historic district in downtown Cartersville, and our worship space is sacred, a spiritual home to many.
So now it is our turn to be among the “Generations of Generosity”. This is our theme, meant to turn attention toward being a good steward now. Beginning Sunday, September 29, you will hear and read testimonies from members of the congregation. You will learn stories of how lives have been transformed and how much this little church with a big heart and red doors means to so many people. Sermons, posters, and banners will speak of God’s call and our response. Pledge cards will be mailed so you can complete them in advance. Learning to be a good steward starts early, so we will be encouraging the children of our parish to participate as well. “Generations of Generosity” will conclude on October 20th when we will ask God’s blessings on all the pledges we receive and upon all the good stewards of Ascension. A potluck lunch, to which you will be invited to bring a dish and recipe from an old family recipe, will wrap it up.
Please join “Generations of Generosity” and become the excellent steward God has called you to be.
Peace and love,
The Servants Speak
Week One September 29th: Christian Formation
Working with Christian Formation has been a joy and a blessing. As a retired teacher of thirty years, I am happy to have the opportunity to continue to do what I love, by volunteering with Sunday School and VBS. I always go home to tell my husband, Ernie, about what we did, what we laughed about, the children’s funny stories, what we sang, what we made. Believe me, I am always in a great mood after Sunday School or VBS. Usually a bit tired after VBS, but happy!
I love that the children at the Church of the Ascension are comfortable and confident in the love and acceptance of adult members who take time to get to know them and listen to what they have to say. I see this as they give and get smiles and hugs during the services, in the family center, in the church yard, everywhere at Ascension. It is clear to see that our children are cherished.
I am grateful that I can take part in sharing the Gospel, the love of Jesus, tolerance, compassion and love for one another with our children. Working with our children brings me beautiful energy.
Written and Submitted by Gail Palmer
Week Two October 6th: Outreach
An Anonymous Testimony
For me, volunteering at the food pantry means joy and a chance to put love into action. It is like taking part in a sacred holy ritual of loving our neighbors. It is getting to know them in small ways like hearing updates on their doggies or learning how their faces light up when someone donated fresh vegetables or cookies to the pantry that day. It is precious time spent with our neighbors serving together as the hands of God (as well as the feet, back, knees, etc.).
Anonymous Volunteer - Red Door Food Pantry
Week Three October 13th: Pastoral Care
What do I have to offer?
The Pastoral Care Ministry serves the members in our congregation that are in need of love and comfort. I personally experienced a need 18 years ago when I was in a horrific car accident. I was in a wheelchair for months, required surgery and couldn’t do anything on my own. At that time we were members of Holy Family Episcopal Church in Jasper Georgia. It was a very small parish that had one service a week and the sanctuary was a double wide trailer.
I’m telling you this because when I got home from the hospital there was someone at my home every night for over a month with a meal for my family. Others ran errands or took me to the doctor. Some helped out with house hold chores and so many came by for a visit and a prayer. So few did so much. The help we received got us through a very difficult time. I was both thankful and humbled.
When we moved to Cartersville and I made my first visit to Ascension I filled out the yellow visitor card as requested and Mother Mary called me a few days later and we met and discussed the different ministries offered. While my children were young I served as the Children’s Education Director for 8 years and knew I wanted to try something else. Pastoral Care seemed like a good fit because I could relate and give back to those in need.
Being new to Cartersville and Ascension it was a little intimidating because I didn’t know anyone. I will be very honest with you in the beginning I felt like an outsider and and I really didn’t participate much because of this. That is why it is so important make every visitor feel welcome. Go out of your way to include them and make newcomer’s feel like they have something to offer.
Being part of the Pastoral Care Ministry is very rewarding. It doesn’t require you to commit a lot of time and you don’t even have to attend the meetings to be part of the team. But the people you help, the smiles and tears of thanks you receive, have no measure. It takes so little time to send a card, bake a cake or a casserole, run an errand or just a simple phone call.
These are only a few ways the Pastoral Care Ministry serves the church, there is so much more and you can contact any member and we would gladly tell you more about our ministry.
Remember it’s the little things that make a huge difference.
EVERY ONE OF US HAS SOMETHING TO OFFER.
God’s peace and love to you all.