January 2018


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


THANK YOU for your generous offerings of your time, your God-given talents and your treasures this past year and as we move forward into 2018.


St. Peters could not do anything without the faithful offerings of its parishioners.  Together, we ARE the Body of Christ.  When we are giving of our time, talent and treasure, we are being the faithful people God called us to be.  We are His arms, legs, heart, doing His work on earth.


Our offerings bring about blessings on many levels.  We are transformed, made new, through our offerings.  We believe in a God who is generous. And we are created in God’s image.  So we are called to be generous as God is generous. 


Our offerings help to transform others.  Without our offerings, fewer people would be able to attend Cursillo or have the joy of attending Vacation Bible School, Sunday School, or the many faith-enriching programs we offer.  It is through these programs, lives are transformed.


Without our offerings, we would not be able to give nearly a ton of food every year to local food banks and kitchens, feeding those who may otherwise go hungry.  Our offerings have provided joy through Angel Tags, home repair, bill assistance and countless other life transforming ways.


William Temple, a former Archbishop of Canterbury once said, “The Church is the only society that exists for the benefit of those who are not its members.”  Let us continue to serve the needs of those who are not yet members.


I am reminded of something I read once, “Your talent and treasure is a gift from God, what you do with it is your gift back to God.”


Thank you all so much for all you do for St. Peters and God’s people, no matter how small or how much.  We are truly blessed and fortunate.

                                                                                                                            Your Brother in Christ,

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