With the start of each new calendar year, not everyone is just thinking about how long their New Years’ resolutions will last. Your envelope secretaries, treasurers, wardens and clergy are working hard at getting the past year’s charitable receipts mailed out.
One of the tenets of good stewardship is to give thanks: to give thanks to God for leading, sustaining, and blessing us as a community of faith; and to give thanks to those people who have given generously of their time, talents, and treasures in support of our shared mission and ministries.
The distribution of year end charitable receipts is the perfect opportunity to say “Thank You” to the members and friends of your congregation for their generosity. A thank you can be as simple as a hand-written note in a thank you card. You may wish to send a thank you letter which highlight how your congregation has used the gifts that have been so generously given. Including a personal, handwritten note of thanks is encouraged.
We’ve included two sample letters to get you started. The Diocesan Stewardship & Congregational Development Committee is always happy to help assist your congregation in living out their mission. Please contact the Chair, the Rev. Trish Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
[Bonus: You can get free thank you cards by registering your congregation for the Anglican Church of Canada program Giving Our Thanks & Praise https://www.anglican.ca/gifts/gtp/registration/]