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Why I Give to St. James’ by Nancy Castaneda

I’ve been asked this question a lot over the years as I have been a member of St. James since childhood and have been a pledging member for most of my adult life.  I have also heard many stewardship sermons and stewardship speeches by stewardship chairs.  Some resonated with me, while others did not.  I’m sure most everyone feels the same way.

I think the absurd question I have been asked is “Why do you pledge, are you trying to buy your way into heaven?” The answer, of course, was a resounding NO, I give of my time, talent and treasure because it makes me feel good.

As I reflected on the my pledge this past November, I realized that I pledge not only to keep the lights on, pay the electric bill and staff salaries, etc.  I pledge because I receive an incredible sense of peace each time I walk to the rail for communion.  I love the feeling of a goosebumps when I sing a favorite hymn.  I love working in the Memorial garden and being a member of the Altar guild and the Vestry.  This is my church family and I support the church as I support my family.