“Into God’s Hands” is our theme for Stewardship this fall as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Protestant Reformation. What is the best use of the gifts — talents, time and resources — we have been blessed to receive? That is what we seek to discern in this Stewardship season as we consider our commitments in the year ahead.
The work of the church proceeds from the blessings God has given us and the generous commitment of a portion of those gifts to the ministries of our congregation. Those ministries are varied and growing, helping us to reach and serve children and adults in our community and literally across the world.
Pledge cards to support this work are being mailed out to church members and friends the last week of October. The Session anticipates in the coming year that our basic needs as a church will continue to grow, and so we are asking members to prayerfully consider increasing pledges by 2% or more so that our budget can accommodate this modest expansion.
Please plan to bring your completed pledge card to worship on Sunday, November 5.
Cards may also be mailed in. You may contact directly Michelle Fortin, our Financial Administrator via phone (814-238-2422) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your pledge.
Be a good steward … share your time, talent, and treasure.
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
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What is a Steward?
In the Christian sense, a steward is the manager of the affairs of God on earth. God has made each of us a steward and given us abilities and talents that are unique. We should use these abilities and talent to serve God in how we respect and care for ourselves, each other and the world.
A Christian steward serves God out of love and gratitude for these gifts. We share our time, talents and property, knowing that it’s not how much we have but what we do with what we have that is important.
Stewardship of Time – whatever time we have is a gift from God and we must use wisely in every activity. We must budget our time so that we are able to help fulfill God’s plan
Stewardship of Talents – God gives all people potential talents – each of us can share in God’s plan in our own way
Stewardship of Relationships – Our relationships with others are a gift from God: at home, at work and in Church
Stewardship of the Gospel – As Christian stewards, we are called to receive the Gospel, to share the Gospel and to reflect the Gospel in our everyday lives
Stewardship of Property – we know that whatever we have is a gift from God. In appreciation, we choose to share a financial portion of these gifts
We are called to give generously and regularly of time, talents and our possessions.