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"A pledge made and kept, as best and much as we are able, is our way of living in the economy of abundance and locating the footprints of faith. Our participation matters -- it matters not just to St. Mark's church, but to something greater. When we write a check or making a stock transfer we're making an investment in the household of God. We're placing our money and our lives on the line for a dream. We saying that we believe that the dream, the dream of God, can, must, shall come true. Amen."
In sermon "Money Matters," by The Reverend Dr. Stephanie J. Nagley
"We have experienced this "most generous God" and have found The More One Gives, the More One Gives. We say that deliberately. The more one gives, the more one gives. As Paul told the Corinthians, "You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving through us."
--Pastor Roy & Dorothy Satre at the 2005 Luther Seminary celebration of the Partner and Heritage Society participants.
Stewardship is receiving God's gifts and responding to those gifts by returning one's time, talent, and treasure to the service of God in this congregation.
Mayday Christians are those who give on the spot as they happen to be moved or too embarrassed to refuse - and come to regard the giving of ten dollars as practically equivalent to paying off the national debt.
"The one day in seven dedicated to rest by divine command, has become the holiday Americans are most likely never to take."
--New York Times Magazine, 3/2/2003
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