STEWARDSHIP

Then you shall say before the LORD your God: “I have removed the sacred portion from the house, and I have given it to the Levites, the resident aliens, the orphans, and the widows, in accordance with your entire commandment that you commanded me; I have neither transgressed nor forgotten any of your commandments…”

Deuteronomy 26:13



Sacred Portion Season

The culmination of our Sacred Portion Season will be on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with special services at 8:00am and 10:00am.  This is the day set aside where we make our commitments of resources to the up-building of God’s Kingdom through the ministries of this Church.  It is an opportunity to reaffirm our whole community’s deep, collective commitment to our stewardship of God’s creation, God’s people, and God’s Church through worship, fellowship and fun.  A coffee hour reception immediately follows the 10:00am service. A nice assortment of little “eats” and beverages will be available in the Gurley Room. So, bring the entire family and your friends and enjoy St. Martin’s-style hospitality while celebrating our beloved congregation’s process of revitalization and transformation through the Spirit of Christ among us.

Pledge Card for 2018

A Stewardship Message:

My husband and I moved many times over the years. Each time we found a church, it seemed the new one started a major fund drive as soon as we arrived. It happened so often that we joked about it, but then we began to notice something happening to ourselves as well.

Starting with the amount of our pledge to our former church, we found ourselves raising the income percentage as we saw the needs of our new parish. Our surprise was that, as we gave a larger portion of our income, we still had as much money as we needed ?? even with more children, new houses to buy, and so on. When we reached ten percent, which had once seemed huge, it took very little from our lifestyle. Mysterious.

Finally we realized the truth of common sayings: "Give until it feels good" and "Everything belongs to God." Somehow the adjustments to our lifestyle that were required from time to time didn't make much difference in our enjoyment of life. Neither did it affect the love of family and friends.

Like countless others, we learned that nothing, after all, is really ours. It's God's all along, and he is simply letting us use what we need while we are on earth. In the end, as saints and sages have known through the ages, it??s not acquiring that gives us happiness, it’s sharing.

from Forward Day by Day,
a publication from Forward Movement