“Trinity has a history of making a difference.” A reflection on Stewardship by Ross Mangina, Senior Warden.

IMG_7037Good Morning. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share some thoughts on stewardship.

When my wife Sue and I decided to move to the Lehigh Valley area about four years ago, we started visiting the local Episcopal churches. On our first visit to Trinity the people we met were friendly and welcoming, the worship service was inspiring, and the music was great. Our decision was easy.

But as we found out, Trinity is about much more than just first impressions. In a world where it may seem hard to make a difference, Trinity has a history of making a difference in each of our lives, in our neighborhood and in the wider community. Think about it.

Within the parish, Trinity means three worship services every weekend as well as services and bible study during the week and a place for each of us to turn to in times of sickness, grief or trouble. Soon we will be starting up new programs for child care and adult education.

Within the local community there is, of course, the soup kitchen – an astonishing program for a parish our size – and the opening of our doors to support groups like AA. We hope to begin an outreach to the local college campuses.

Through our outreach and giving to the diocese, we are able to impact the wider world. We aid victims of natural and man-made disasters.

So, you can be sure that Trinity truly makes a difference, from each of us sitting in the pews to our less fortunate neighbors, all the way to the children of South Sudan.

Much of what we do is made possible through your giving of your time and talents. We couldn’t exist without those gifts.

In addition, of course, to do all that we do, we need funding. Your vestry and finance committee work hard to ensure that every dollar is spent wisely. But we have a wonderful staff to provide for and a historic building in constant need of TLC. This year we have an annual budget of $370,000. Over 70% of that has to come from our pledges. So, if you haven’t filled out a pledge card in the past, please do so. And let us all prayerfully consider our pledge to Trinity for the coming year. Help us to keep making a difference.