Stewardship Time

It is stewardship time again in the church. Every year at this time we take a few weeks to talk about the importance of giving and, in particular, the spiritual practice of pledging to the church. You may be excused for thinking that we do this in order to fundraise for the church—it really isn’t the reason.

Well, uhmmm, to be honest it is raising money for the church. But that should be the secondary concern. Pledging is first and foremost a spiritual practice in which we return to the community a portion of our income in gratitude for God’s many blessings to us. Our stewardship campaign is also about, as the name suggests, being good stewards of God’s creation.

As the Psalmist wrote, “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” All that we have is a gift from God. We are not owners of this land, but only caretakers of it—and of everything else we have. We benefit from the wonders of God’s creation and we work to preserve, and improve it, so that our children will also know the gifts we have been fortunate to have had.

Being willing to proactively set aside a proportion of your income is a wonderful, and sometimes scary, attitude. Those who are better givers that I speak of the freedom that comes when one loosens the ties on one’s purse strings in order to give to others.

This past Sunday, Paul DeOrsay, our stewardship chair, introduced the campaign at our fall congregational meeting. Chruch members and friends should be receiving a letter in the mail in the next week that speaks of the need to give (as well as some needs of the church). There will also be a pledge card enclosed in the letter. The pledge cards should be completed and brought to worship on November 9 for Dedication Sunday.

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