Dear Parishioners,

By now hopefully you have received my letter on stewardship, had an opportunity to read, reflect, and pray on its contents and the information contained in the pamphlet enclosed. My thanks to Phil and Cecelia Mullin who gave witness to their commitment of tithing their time, talent, and treasure to our Parish. Their words gave us all much to reflect on.

Now it is your turn to make a commitment to our parish by prayerfully deciding what percentage of your income you will tithe to the mission of the church in this coming year. If you have not already done so, please complete your pledge card that was included with my letter. I also ask you to consider how you will give of your time and talent in 2018, by beginning or recommitting yourself to one of the ministries and organizations of St. Mary parish. Pledge cards may be returned by way of the collection basket, dropped off at the parish office during office hours, or mailed to St. Mary Church, 132 S. High St., Lancaster, OH 43130.

My heartfelt appreciation goes to all who have so generously committed themselves to tithing their time, talent, and treasure. Your sacrifice will not go without reward.

“The just man’s sacrifice is most pleasing, nor will it ever be forgotten.
In generous spirit pay homage to the Lord, be not sparing of freewill gifts.
With each contribution show a cheerful countenance,
and pay your tithes in a spirit of joy.
Give to the Most High as he has given to you,
generously, according to your means.”
(Sir 35:6-9)

I remain yours in Christ,
Rev. Craig R. Eilerman Pastor