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October 2014

Building Committee Update October 14, 2014

“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2 Corinthians 9:11 This issue of The Epistle is filled with amazing testimonials from parishioners about how St. Paul’s dramatically changed their James K. Polk Van Zandt lives and the Rector lives of others. There is even an historical perspective taking us back to our founders and the obvious impact they had on the wider community. Included is a well-written summary of how St. Paul’s budget is structured. Thank you to all who shared their stories. So why is this important? I read recently that it is important for us to examine our relationships in four dimensions: with God, with ourselves, with one another and with our treasure. This got me to asking a few questions. How am I living out my Baptismal Covenant in my relationships? What role does money play in my relationships, behaviors and decisions? It’s all about God’s economy. In God’s economy, in all things God works for the good. It’s not that everything we have S T .

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belongs to God – it’s that everything God has belongs to us! We are stewards of those gifts. I absolutely believe in God’s economy. So how does this affect the four relationships mentioned above? It has to do with what the 12Step communities call an “attitude of gratitude.” It sharpens our focus on what, exactly, God has given us. It gives us moments when we can see with Jesus’ eyes and more clearly recognize the bountiful skills and resources with which God blesses each of us. It’s all a gift, and we discover that by partnering with God. Stewardship in the broad sense is how we respond to what God is trying to show us and tell us and teach us. Our response can open the door to multiplying our gifts, allowing them to

The Building Committee wanted to update the congregation on the Parish Hall’s progress. To date, the fire wall, the big block wall clearly visible in the back of St. Andrews Chapel, is complete. The next step will be to pour the concrete pad sometime in the next week or so (if the weather holds) and then the steel structure will be erected. This will be a very exciting step. We continue to meet weekly with the General Contractor to monitor the progress and are still on schedule to be finished by Easter. Please pray for the workers and their safety as they build our new Parish Hall.

The firewall, a new doorway that will lead from the narthex into the new parish hall, and the shape of the new rear wall of the narthex is visible here.

Stewardship Prayer 2015 bear life-giving fruit in the lives of others, in ways we may never be privileged to see. In the words of the old saying, “Stewardship is everything we do after we say ‘I believe.’” Here at St. Paul’s we are growing in our relationship with God, we are changing people’s lives, but we can do more. Won’t you join me? Blessings, Polk+ C H U R C H

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Heavenly Father, giver of all that we have, we praise and bless you for equipping us bountifully that we may participate in your work of creation by sharing your gifts with our neighbors. As you generated life in us, give us generous hearts that through these gifts we may enrich life for them and lead them to sing your praises to the glory of your Name and the unfolding of your Kingdom. We ask this through your Son Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Amen. •

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