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A quote from Bishop Jenkins:
"Louise and I have made what is for us a sacrificial pledge which shall take us five years to fulfill it would have taken longer but we started two years early. Let me tell you what we have found about attempting to be generous beyond anything we have ever attempted before. We have been tithers and a bit more for years. How could we do more? We discovered new means to fulfill the stewardship for which we prayed. I am not suggesting a quid pro quo or a necessary cause and effect. Rather, I am saying that not too long ago I wondered how on earth we might make a generous pledge."
In a letter critical of an email newsletter titled,
The Economics Underlying Stewardship: Creation and Distribution of Wealth, Ryan Anderson writes, ". . . look at not just the theory of that system (capitalism), but its reality. The reality is that our current system of global capitalism, while increasing the pie for some, continues to leave the vast majority of the world in poverty, and billions in extreme poverty. The very metaphor of an increasing pie is itself problematic."
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Four personal letters written by St. Philip's participants sent to encourage a generous offering.
All letters were mailed on Mondays in order to be delivered on Tuesdays:
First letter by Jerry Jensen, sent March 31
Second letter by Connie Bernardy, sent April 14
Third letter by Richard Blair, sent April 28
Fourth letter by Cora Johnson, Anna Johnson and Esther (high school juniors), sent May 12
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St. Philip's Miracle Anniversary Celebration: Celebrating a Heritage of Faith, Courage and Hope
In 2006, Joyful Servant was engaged in a stewardship emphasis which included a capital fund drive to expand their facility.
This is a letter that he sent to the participants of the congregation giving a personal testimony of how he learned to give and how much he and his wife were going to contribute for the appeal.
A personalized letter is sent to parishioners in August listing their pledges for the last three years.
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