This past year, the community of Sherwood continued to move forward in living out its mission statement—to enthusiastically cast open our doors to embrace all, impacting lives through bold service, no exceptions! Thank you for continuing to support Sherwood with your resources of wealth, wisdom, and work. Because of your love for Sherwood, we remain committed to our call as followers of Jesus Christ.
For 2022, our Stewardship theme is “Caring for our congregation, our community, and God’s creation”. This theme is so applicable because of the work we have been doing to bring our mission statement to life, despite the lingering challenges of COVID-19. Let me share with you how our community remains committed to each other, the greater Cockeysville region, and God’s creation … perhaps you have your own stories as well.
Caring for Our Congregation: As a community of believers, we remain connected to each other through worship, scripture, and prayers. Our Zoom bible and book studies have challenged us to deepen our understanding of how God works in our lives and the world at large. We are finding ways to enrich our prayer life, share our stories, and remain as a community even when we might be physically separated. Our online and in-person presence is steady and growing.
Caring for Our Community: We have strengthened our relationship with Cockeysville Middle School (CMS) through the Student Support Network by assisting with much-needed monthly food drives throughout the past year. We are witnessing firsthand Baltimore County’s deep-seated economic disparities. We continue to partner with United Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) and we will be adopting a family this Christmas. Thanks to your generous support of my discretionary fund, I can cover the cost of a hotel room so homeless families can sleep in safety as well as distribute gas, restaurant, and grocery cards to those with specific needs—and this is just a sampling.
Caring for God’s Creation: The issue of water flowing through our property is not a new problem, but as the Campus Imperative team looked at our property to determine how it can better serve us and the wider community, it became clear that stemming the water had to be addressed before anything else. Caring for God’s creation is something we are taking very seriously. In the coming year, we plan to partner with others to manage the flow of water and use God’s earth as a natural filtration system to improve water quality. We hope to transform our six-acre property into a welcoming green space for us and others to enjoy.
None of this good work is done in isolation. It takes all of us offering our wisdom, our wealth, and our works to be God’s Kingdom on the corner of York and Sherwood Roads. How will you discover and use the gifts you have been given to help our church this year? How will you hear the Gospel call to seek and serve Christ in all people, and respond with generosity? We are the stewards of God’s manifold grace because we give to the world from what we have received. We have made it easy for you to make your pledge just by filling out the form below. We plan the year’s budget based upon the amount of pledges, so it is critical that all pledges are made no later than November 30, 2021.
I invite you to receive this with grace and prayer as you consider how you will share with God and God’s Church from what you have received.
In the spirit of generosity and love,