STEWARDSHIP UPDATE: Legacy Giving
On Sunday, October 6, we will be celebrating the 82nd anniversary of the dedication of our current church building. The original St. Olave’s building at the bottom of Windermere Avenue served our parish from 1887 to 1927. For the next 10 years the congregation worshiped in the basement, until in 1937 moving into the newly constructed church that we know today.
I continue to be amazed and a little perplexed by the capacity of our parish to build such a magnificent building throughout the height of the Depression. It speaks to a form of generosity and foresight that is quite extraordinary. Despite enormous obstacles, the spirit of St. Olave’s has been one of boldness and faith.
It is clear to me, from my short time here so far, that that spirit has never wavered. In a time of great social change and numerous challenges for Christian communities, we continue to look to the future with boldness and faith.
In this light, we will be introducing the idea of Legacy Giving at our Dedication Festival services on October 6. Legacy Giving refers to the practice of making provision for the church in ways that continue to benefit the ministry of St. Olave’s, even after we are no longer living. This kind of foresight from past parishioners has been vital for St. Olave’s, and it could become an even greater way of ensuring that our unique and important ministry continues to thrive long into the future.
Join us on October 6 as we celebrate and thank God for blessing our parish all these many years, and to pray for many future blessings.