My name is Nancy, and my husband Rob and I have been proud, pledging members of St. Paul’s since we moved to Westfield in 2009. We have enjoyed seeing our daughter go through the 2s, 3s, 4s, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs here at the Day School. Our son is currently in the 4s class and will likely follow the same track. I am also honored to serve on the Day School Board. St. Paul’s is a big part of our lives and we feel privileged to have connected when we first arrived in town.
St. Paul’s has provided my family with far more than just excellent schooling for the kids, however. And that is why I am here today. I think we can all agree that St. Paul’s Church has a special place in all of our lives. Whether it is this beautiful building, or our wonderful music, our joyous choir, the fellowship we have with each other, or perhaps most of all, our fantastic clergy, we are—and certainly should be—proud to call St. Paul’s our place to worship. Whatever our reason or reasons are for being here, and you have your own, it is great that we are here and we should encourage others to join us.
Rob and I are proud to pledge to St. Paul’s because we are proud to be part of this community, pleased with the work that it does for the surrounding community through mission kitchen, as an example, and feel good knowing that we can raise our kids in an environment that St Paul’s offers for school, Sunday school and here for the Service when they get older.
During this year’s Stewardship drive, I ask you to reflect on what St. Paul’s means to you directly or how you know it impacts others in the community. How it stands tall here in the center of Westfield and how the town would look if it weren’t here—or didn’t do all that it is called to do as a member of the diocese. St. Paul’s is here because we want it here, because we are proud to have it here and because we support it with the resources to keep it here. We all have demands on us—financial not the least of which—but as you think about your pledge for 2015, please think about all the St. Paul’s has done for your families, the community and most importantly for you as individual.
Your pledge has meaning and ensures that our strong Parish will continue serving. Walk in love, as Christ also has loved us, and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God. These words don’t just mean that it’s time for the kids to come in the side door and find the parents ahead of communion. These words are our calling to pledge our support to St. Paul’s and its mission.
Even though I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family, I honestly never thought I would connect so much with a church and all it offers like I have with St. Paul’s. My family has formed friendships here that are so meaningful for us and will last a long, long time. We felt so welcome and comfortable here from the beginning. Which is why I feel so committed to supporting St. Paul’s in order to keep it such a big part of my life. I encourage you all to do the same.