John Suffron - Elder
What is stewardship?
Christian Stewardship refers to the responsibility that Christians have in maintaining and using wisely the gifts that God has bestowed. God wishes human beings to be his collaborators in the work of creation, redemption, and sanctification. As stewards, we continue to evaluate the pattern of giving in light of our steadfast desire to maintain an active, vibrant church.
(Parable of the mustard seed and the yeast) Big and small gifts are appreciated and can be used by God. There is hardly a more beautiful way to speak about the hidden promise of even the smallest gift than the image of the mustard seed, so tiny yet holding so much possibility. Or for those who are bakers, the yeast provides a similar illustration. We are given so many gifts from God, and we are called to give back. Perhaps we feel small, or we feel like our gifts are small, but we hold the promise of God’s awesome power at work within us and through our gifts. So we share our gifts so that God can use them and grow them, just like the mustard seed becomes a tree big enough for birds and the yeast grows big enough to make the bread and provide sustenance for us.
(Jesus talk about the birds and the lilies and God’s provision) Oftentimes a lack of generosity is based on fear or worry, that there will not be “enough.” This verse reminds us that God provides generously to us, that we don’t need to worry, and instead we are called to “strive first for the kingdom of God.” God provides, as Jesus promises in this verse, and then we are invited to share generously out of that provision.
How to share your gifts with the church
Our god given gifts are not limited to monetary offerings though our annual pledge campaign. While monetary contributions are essential to support the operation of our facilities and to compensation our ministry team; gifts in terms of time and talent are essential to do God's work in our community. Examples of the types of talent we need to support our ministry are found in the Time and Talent Inventory in the files section of this site.
Session has approved the addition of an electronic giving option for your weekly offerings. The link is immediately below the Worship Service section of the home page, scroll down to access the link. The Church has a safe and secure PayPal account, which accepts payments via credit cards, debit cards, or your personal PayPal account. You may add notes to your payment, such as your member number, or if you intend your payment to be a special offering. Payments may be one-time or set up as recurring.
Our annual stewardship campaign
Our annual stewardship drive starts in September of each year. During this time as stewards, we have a long-standing practice of generosity in the giving life of our congregation, expressed though both pledged and non-pledged contributions. Our annual giving results show that we have members who are fully engaged in the life of the congregation.