Pledge 2017: Cast Your Line!

fishing-rodWhen Jesus called his disciples, he asked them to “cast a line” (Matt. 17:27) and see what fish God provided. Few of us are fishermen today, but Jesus’ calling is unchanged: he asks us to take a risk, to give generously, we are asked to “cast a line,” and see what blessings God provides.

Over the next few Sundays, you will learn more about the Cast Your Line theme as well as visions for our parish’s future, if our pledge giving increases. We asked several of our lay leaders to ask what new lines they could cast if only you provided them with the resources.

In 2017, we ask that your prayerfully consider how much you will give throughout the year.

Download the 2017 Pledge Certificate.

Download the 2017 Pledge Brochure.

Read the September 19 pledge letter.

Announcements for the week of October 16

Liturgical Calendars Sign up in the parish hall if you would like a 2017 liturgical calendar. Price: $5 each.

Forward Day-by-Day Devotional booklets are available for pickup in the narthex. You can also follow the Web (prayer.forwardmovement.org), Facebook (forwarddaybyday) or Twitter (@forwarddaybyday)

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 6. Don’t forget to “fall back” and be on time for church!

Book Club Our November meeting will be Wednesday, November 9th at Alan’s Restaurant in Boscawen. Our book choice of November is The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault.

Friendly Kitchen Volunteer to prepare and serve dinner at on November 13. Please sign up on the parish hall bulletin board to help with this ministry.

St. Nicholas Fair Look through your jewelry collection and donate your seldom worn pieces for our Fair on Dec. 3. Please place donations in the marked JEWELRY BOX located in the Parish Hall.

Take-a-Tote Needs

We are in short supply of Macaroni and Cheese, either in a microwaveable Styrofoam-like container (usually sold 4 or 6 in a package) or a box containing individual packages of macaroni to boil and sauce to stir in (usually 6 or 18 packets per box. Please be mindful that you do not select Mac and Cheese Dinner boxes or a 7.25 oz. box that serves 3-4.

Stewardship Facts

The average household income in NH is 66,532. Our average pledge now is $1,764, or 2.5% of the average income.

How much of your income does your pledge gift represent? Take a look at the chart on the back of your pledge certificate for help in gauging where you are now and where you think God is calling you to be.

Children of Incarcerated Parents (ChIPs)

Christmas comes to children of incarcerated parents every year with YOUR help. Donate gifts and funds to make it happen! You may drop off gifts or monetary donations in the narthex before November 4

Ways to help

  1. Purchase a gift or contribute $20. If you make a monetary donation, make out your check to “Diocese of New Hampshire” with “ChIPS” written on the memo line.
  2. Sort gifts at St. Paul’s School, Blass Clubhouse.
  3. Wrap the gifts at the men’s prison in Concord (early December).
  4. You can collect note cards for use in the prisons .

Contact Margaret Mackie-Ciancio, 432-7679 (home), 867-4590 (cell), maggie.ciancio@gmail.com

Take-a-Tote Needs

Thanks for being mindful of avoiding pasta containing pork products, specifically spaghetti and meatballs. The other varieties of small cans or microwaveable containers are fine. You may purchase any food item pictured on the poster in the narthex or see Janet or Barb Ashworth to make a cash donation.