2017 Stewardship: Thoughts about HIEC
- Jim Petty
- Oct 19, 2016
- Category: Stewardship
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Two years ago, Karl and I were looking for a new church home and visited several Episcopal churches including Holy Innocents. A friend had often told me how wonderful Holy Innocents was and, on visiting, I ran into another friend who confirmed the strengths we had been told about.
When considering a new church home or Place for Faith, we all have differing priorities. For us, the first and primary priority was that our church home would be based on the centrality of the Eucharist from which everything else derived.
We also hoped our Place for Faith would be one characterized by a community of members who were welcoming and supportive of one another. We found that from the first day we were identified as visitors and oriented to the church including introductions to many of the members who would become good friends as time went on. We're not talking about a social club, however. This community is focused on the use of its resources to advance the work that God has given us to do.
We were also pleased to find a church with a clear sense of mission and the resources and congregational support to make it happen. Holy Innocents' focus on children, strengthening our community, and meaningful worship is clearly articulated and deeply rooted in the life of the parish.
We found what we were looking for at Holy Innocents. We take the church's mission seriously and support the work of the many parishioners and staff who are essential to its life. We do so by our volunteer activities as well as our financial resources because we, along with so many others, are Holy Innocents.