Dear Friends in Christ,

The beauty of Christ can be found in many places – in a morning sunrise, in the eyes of a child, in the hands of the elderly. One of my favorite ways to experience God’s beauty is simply by sitting inside the church, admiring the gentle light of His love that shines through stained-glass windows. Just as stained-glass windows shine God’s love into the church, we can shine the same light into the lives of others simply by the love we show, the hope we provide, the gifts we give, and the ministries we deliver. The Bishop’s Annual for Ministries provides invaluable support for vital ministries; seminarian training, religious education for all ages; youth and children’s ministries and support for the poor and needy. As we begin a new year, I ask you to consider how God’s light shines through stained-glass and brings life into the church… and reflect on how you can continue to serve as a source of light and share God’s love with those around you.

I hope you will join me by sharing God’s love and serving as a light for all to see by making a gift to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal for Ministries.

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend J. Mark Spalding
Bishop of Nashville