stewarding what we have
We have spent a great deal of time so far this year reflecting
over what it means to be faithful stewards of all that God has given us. Over
the past many weeks, we’ve heard sermons from our ministry leaders and temple
talks from a variety of voices within our congregation, we’ve spent time in
study with the book Giving
to God by Mark Allan Powell, and we’ve been learning a new way
to think and talk about about stewardship. Leadership is hopeful that the God
has been going to work on your own life of faith, to encourage you through the
work of the Holy Spirit to steward your gifts of time, talents, and finances in
ways that are familiar, and to stretch yourself just a bit to use those gifts
in new ways as well.
On Sunday, October 27 and Wednesday, October 30 during worship,
we will be collecting “Commitment Cards” to help us plan for next
year’s ministry here at St. John’s. Sometimes referred to as “pledge
cards,” we are thinking about stewardship this year not only in regards to
our financial pledge, but also your willingness to commit your time and your
talents for next year. These commitment cards will include a space for you to
indicate your offering of financial support and sacrifice, as well as your
other God-given gifts.
Cards are available now in the Narthex or the
office if you haven’t picked one up yet! If you can’t attend the 27th or 30th,
place them in the offering basket or bring to the office any time through November 15.
Time for prayer
Leadership asks that you prayerfully consider your current level
of stewardship of your time, talents and finances, to consider the many needs
that need to be met here in our congregation, and make a commitment according
to your means for 2020. In order to do our best in planning for next year, we
are asking you to let us know your intentions by putting your commitment card
in the basket at one of our worship services, or by leaving your card with your
name on it in the front office.
You are a blessing
In Acts 20:35, it says that “It is more blessed to give
than to receive.” And we, as a community of faith, have been truly blessed
through your generosity. Thanks be to God for the gifts He has given to us all,
most-especially the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, in whom we have freely
received grace upon grace; grace meant to be shared freely and generously with
the world. Amen.
Mark your calendars
We want to say thank you for all who are responding to God’s
grace in your life by sharing it with others. And, what better way for us
to do this than over a meal! Whether your gift is one of time, talents, or
your finances, we want you to know that we appreciate the ways that you have
stewarded all of your gifts this past year, and given them freely and generously
to the life and ministries here at St. John’s.
We have two options for you to come and join us:
- Sunday, November 3, 9:00 am
- Wednesday, November 6, 5;30 pm
No need to RSVP! Just come and spend some time with us
celebrating the many and varied gifts that have made ministry possible here
this past year!