Thirty nine years ago a young couple moved to St. Louis due to a job opportunity for the husband. They were lured by the promise of a bright future and an opportunity to advance in the corporate world. The wife, who was 6 months pregnant, was also excited about the possibilities for the future for their expanding family. New home, new schools and new friends.
Even though they felt joy because of the future, they felt overwhelmed, alone, isolated and a bit afraid of all the changes in their young lives. This was especially true for the wife, who no longer worked and waited for the birth of their first child. She felt adrift and disconnected.
Both the husband and the wife had grown up going to church but had drifted away in their college years. The wife, being an Episcopalian, sought an Episcopal church. St. Martin’s was that church. The church in those days was the size of the area where we now hold the 5:05 service. Nonetheless, at St. Martin’s they found a safe harbor from a stressful world.
As another child was added and the couple discovered the church nursery, they discovered time to be together in church without the kids. They also enjoyed the coffee hour where they met more people as time went by. They not only made friends that are still friends today, but met mentors who taught them a great deal about what it means to live your faith. The husband began playing racquetball with a group of men from the church which led to confirmation in the Episcopal Church.
Over the years, they have taught many children in Sunday school, participated in both the Men and Women’s group, attended adult classes, Lenten Programs, led Stewardship Campaigns and both have served on the Vestry. Their lives have not been worry free. There have been jobs lost, health issues and deaths of family members. Throughout it all St. Martin’s supported them and encouraged them.
St. Martin’s has offered Sunday school programs for them and their kids. Their kids participated in Youth groups, Mission trips and were confirmed here. They have seen firsthand the benefit of a spiritual journey for themselves and their children. They have benefitted spiritually, intellectually, and socially from supporting St. Martin’s not only with financial resources but also with personal resources of time and talent. The times they have grown the most are when they have gotten out of our comfort zone a bit and stepped out in faith.
Our prayer for all of you is that you would reach out to others, get involved and pledge generously during this year’s Fall Stewardship Campaign. Please give of your time and talents as well as your financial resources. We would like this year to be the year that we have 100% participation. St. Martin’s has so much to offer and you have so much to give.
In God’s Love,
Teresa and Mike Reeves