Dear Church members and friends,
Jesus allows us to be generous on His behalf, using all the resources He blesses us with. And we aspire to be ambassadors of Christ, representing Him everywhere we go and in everything we do. This is an honor and a gift from God, as well as a responsibility.
We at Allin Congregational Church have always taken that responsibility seriously. We have been a faithful church in our financial giving, and God has blessed our gifts in countless ways. We have remained a church since 1638 in no small part because of our generosity; the quality of our church life reflects that.
Allin Church has ministered faithfully for 380 years, not because its members have given year after year out of duty, obligation, guilt, or fear. No, our church is still here, strong and vibrant, because generations of members considered themselves blessed, and supported its mission with generous gifts of gratitude and joy.
James said, “Faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” (2:17) Based on our ‘works’— acts of caring and service of the past year— the faith of the people of Allin Church is very much alive.
A few examples:
We celebrated the confirmation of seven young people in May and awarded scholarships to three more in June. Our Christian Education Minister, Lindsay Popperson wrote, “we are nurturing faith in young people, and they in turn are teaching us and making our community richer and better.”
We regularly help out at Dedham Food Pantry. We assisted 34 families evacuated to Dedham and surrounding towns from hurricane-ravaged communities in Puerto Rico, and most recently, with two other churches, sponsored and settled a refugee family.
We maintain an active prayer line for those unable to attend worship services, who welcome the opportunity to be a part of the spiritual life of the church.
We provide a wealth of opportunities for faith formation and spiritual fitness year-round in retreats and in prayer, Bible, and book study meetings at and near the church and at the Dedham Square Coffeehouse.
And every Sunday, in our sparkling sanctuary, lifted by the voices of our talented choir, as Pastor Cheryl Kerr posted on the Allin Church Facebook page last May, “THIS is what we do: imagining the power of love to change the world, to keep us in relationship with one another, and to practice peace through love.”
So why exactly should we give to our church?
Two final quotes, both from someone named David.
First from David Murray, professor, pastor, blogger:
“Giving in a right spirit is an act of worship. It is rendering Him a tribute of praise. It is saying, ‘You gave me everything and here is a small expression of my gratitude and praise for all your good gifts. It’s only a token, a sample of what I really feel, but you know the heart that lies behind it.’”
And from David of Psalms 116:12:
“What shall I render to the Lord for all his bounty to me?”
The time has come for us, if we truly are ambassadors of Christ, to show God the heart— our heart— that lies behind all that Allin Church means in our lives and in the lives He blesses through our giving.
Please consider pledging now to the Church if you have not previously done so. If you already pledge, please carefully and prayerfully consider if you can afford to give more. Every pledge is gratefully received and every dollar is carefully spent. Please fill out the enclosed/attached pledge form and deposit it in the Joash chest at the front of the sanctuary anytime through the month of November. Or, if you prefer, you can drop it off at the Church office, call us at 781-329-5050, or email email@example.com.
You can also make your donation online at
Stewardship Sunday is November 11. We look forward to worshiping with you then and to faithfully supporting Allin Church. In the spirit of love and service,
Carol Feeney, Lori Purdy, and Glenn Gustafson
The Stewardship Committee