This fall, our stewardship rep for vestry is asking the parish to "Step Up and Reach Out." The run up to the fall drive for support for next year has been going well, and what impresses me the most is the sense of fun that has suffused throughout the program. The first step in taking this idea into the pews has been to create a series of small fellowship gatherings, with groups of 10-20 members of the parish gathering to talk, pray, learn and experience what it means to share our experiences of the grace of God here at Trinity. Those dinners will continue throughout the fall, and the feedback so far has been very good. People are learning about who we are, where we come from and what we bring to the table in terms of personal experience. The greatest challenge of being a "big" church is that we too often and too easily loose touch of the ability to possess of sense of intimacy that for many people defines the word "church" in the Episcopal tradition and culture.
On top of that, we have a family that will be leading us in our efforts this fall: the Johnsons. I won't go into too much detail, because the fun of this campaign will be in the way the chair family and the parish interact and learn more about each other...but I am buoyed up by both their energy/enthusiasm and their ideas about how to raise up the discourse around the basic questions of stewardship and how those challenges might shape our personal and household choices in the coming year.
From podcasts to targeted meetings with specific groups, from challenges to households about economic and social agendas to sermons, the Johnsons are presenting a wonderful expression of "where we could travel to" in our service of Christ in this place.
I am also excited to see the energy around kicking off this fall's program year with that main idea of "Stepping up" and "Reaching out."
September is going to ring like a bell....Amen.