Stewardship-January 2018

THIS IS THE YEAR WHEN-we will pay off the mortgage and begin to explore ways in which we might then use that money.

The Stewardship Committee would like to plan an event each month of this calendar year to benefit this goal.  This planning includes two early projects for our Youth:

February: a Valentine's Day Cookie Sale

May: A Mother's Day jewelry sale of exquisite shell pendants and earrings.

Since both of these events will take planning and preparation, would all Youth who might be interested in either of these projects(as well as any adults who will be willling to assist), please let the Stewardship Committee chairperson know of your willingness to participate.  Thank you!

Stewardship-October 2016

Stewardship Under the Cross

God's Word on How We Use His Gifts

Based on the book by Rev. H.R Curtis, Coordinator, LCMS Stewardship Ministry.

What is Stewardship?

Christian stewardship is the faithful management of our financial resources and all we have.  It begins with the understanding that all we have is God's(Ps. 24:1 "The earth is the Lord's, and everyting in it, the world, and all who live in it")and that "we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world"(1 Tim 6:7).  Since all we have is God's, we should use it for His purposes.  God's purpose for us in our  lives is expressed in the various vocations, or callings, that we have.  So, for example, a father and mother use their income to feed, clothe and protect their children. 

Besides the vocations that each of us have in our family life and in society, we are also all Christians and members of this parish.  How do we use our income faithfully in regard to this vocation?  To learn this we must look to God's Word.

Deuteronomy 8:17-18 17 You may say to yourself. "My power and strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me."  18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

Luke 16:13 Jesus said, "No servant can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and Money."

Matthew 6:19-21 Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Malachi 3:8-9 "Will man rob God?  Yet you rob me.  "But you ask, "How do we rob you?"  In tithes and offerings.  9 You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me.

2 Corinthians 8:7, 9:6-8 But just as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see that you also excel in this grace of giving... The point is this:he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver  And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything.

What does this mean?

Your heart always goes where you put God's money.  Stewardship is not an optional subcategory of the Christian life; it is the living out of a Christian's dependence on God.  As such, faith and finances are inseparable.  True joy is found not in storing up the things of this world, for the things of this world won't last.  True joy is found in clinging to Christ who poured out His life for you on the cross and now gives you His Life in Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper.  The things of this world are temporarily given to us by God to see and we will be called to account for how we manage the Owner's things(Rom. 14:10-12, 2 Cor. 5:10).

This October: Prayerfully Consider Your Giving.


Stewardship Chairperson



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