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Stewardship 2021

Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

This verse, which is comfortingly familiar to many Episcopalians, is used at the offertory to invite
those gathered in God’s name to bring their offerings to the table. But what does it mean to you to “walk in love?”

This year, which has forced our community to sacrifice in ways we never imagined, has also given us an opportunity to demonstrate the radical love that Jesus commanded: to love one another as God
loves us.

The Chapel has borne witness to this transformational love: The way you have volunteered to work
in the chapel—and the way you have supported the safety of our community by not volunteering,
when you posed a risk to others. The way you have reached out to the more isolated members of our
parish—and the way you have recorded readings at home so that we can worship together while
apart. The way you have faithfully continued to pay your pledges, and the way you have supported
additional spending to extend our love to those in need.

“Walk in love” is indeed a call to action for each of us. It is a call to imitate Jesus in a way that
focuses on the actions and movements of God among us…and the actions and movements of God
within us. It is how we walk together, even when we are separated. And in spite of the fact that the
ministry of the Chapel has adapted to the circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Chapel’s need of your contributions remains unchanged.

The Vestry increased the financial outreach to our community substantially—from $18,000 to
$22,000 in 2020—because of the increased needs of the community during the pandemic. This
increase was paid from the church’s capital fund, and our goal is to continue this into 2021 through
increased stewardship from each of you.

We, the vestry of the Chapel, have already made our financial pledge for 2021. As you eat your meal, manage your calendar, or balance your checking account, we ask you to reflect on how you can use the gifts that God has given you to do the work God calls you to do. Consider how you might increasingly imitate Jesus Christ, and walk, move, do, love, and give with greater intent. You can make your pledge of time, talent, and treasure. Make a Financial pledge to the Chapel. Make a Time and Talent pledge to the Chapel

Your financial and personal commitment to the Chapel is an essential gift that fuels transformational
ministries in Champaign-Urbana and beyond. Walk in love with us!

Faithfully yours,

Jamie Weber, Stewardship Chair