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Monday, January 25, 2021
A Message from The Rector
Sunday, January 31, 2021 Pledge Sunday
An Appeal for 100% Pledge Participation 

Dear GSL Parish Community Members: 

I pray this message finds you faring considerably well. I am well and thank God for the gift of each day and our shared ministry during the COVID-19 pandemic. I celebrate the resilience and ways by which we have attempted to stay connected through GSL and the faith that bind us. As this new year’s ministry unfolds, the Wardens, Vestry, Treasurer, and I are appealing for 100% of 2021 pledges (estimates-of-giving) to be offered by Sunday, January 31, by all who plan to pledge. We are grateful for the many and ever-growing number of pledges and/or alms given toward this year’s campaign, Resilience and Connection by Giving co-chaired by Allison and Steven King and the Stewardship Committee. 

All GSL households are asked to engage in the spiritual practice and opportunity of participation in the annual stewardship campaign by supporting the parish operating budget. Each pledge amount matters in a prayerful effort to reach 100% participation from all who call GSL their “church home.” Pledges of $5, $50, $500, $5,000 and more per month matter equally. Even as recent past pledges have increased, others have decreased. Your stewardship administrative team hopes to bridge the gap through 100% pledge participation from our more than 500 households. Equally, we understand that some may have experienced financial hardships, which requires no explanation for a change in financial giving. We can adjust our expectations if our staff Stewardship Associate is notified. Grace-St. Luke’s continues to be your church home unless you have become inactive or moved to another faith community. We want to know. 

In times like the COVID-19 pandemic and every season of life, we need Christian community and parish operational ministries even more, which is why each pledge matters toward the whole. Combined giving from those who are able benefits the health, vibrancy, and sustainability of GSL in order to support all parishioners and the Memphis community without limitations, now and for years to come. 

If you are unable to pledge at this time, please contact Stewardship Associate Chapman Morrow (cmorrow [at] gracestlukes [dot] org, 901.252.6328). However, if you are able, please pledge online today ( or by hand-delivery or mail. If you have pledged and may wish to increase your pledge, please contact Parish Administrator Linda Stine (lstine [at] gracestlukes [dot] org, 901.252.6324). If your pledge is in the process of being made as this message is received, many thanks!

Thank you for your financial and other ways of supporting life at Grace-St. Luke’s, all to sustain our mission and ministry. Together, all giving benefits the GSL vision to be a thriving community of hope, belonging, and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world. 

Grateful for our life as followers of Jesus in this place, 

The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
901-252-6320 | orencher [at] gracestlukes [dot] org 

The Vestry and Treasurer: Grant Adams (Congregational Development), Patrick Burnett (Youth Formation), Wight Boggs (Social Justice), Ben Cowan (Children’s Formation), Mike Davis (Outreach), Sandra Ireland (Adult Formation), George Johnson (Stewardship), Jonathan Large (Outreach), Andy Nix (Stewardship), Johnny Norris (Social Justice), Charlie Pazar (Senior Warden, Administration), Anna Robbins (Junior Warden); Paula Sappington (Clerk, Congregational Development), Tom Stephenson (Stewardship), Taylor Taylor (Congregational Development); Treasurer: Phil Ashford