Properties, Building, and Grounds

In 2017 the Session decided to separate the care of the building(s), grounds and properties from the financial, time and talent functions of the Stewardship Committee. Thus the BP&G committee was born to care for the church building itself, the garage, the rental properties, the handicapped parking lot, the church grounds and the van.
Along with that decision, the need for an operations manual was identified. Needless to say that heavily involves the work of this new committee.

No one is happy with the dishwashing capacity of the dish sanitizing system currently in use. Consultations with the manufacturer have prompted the increase of the hot water temperature along with the installation of a timer to conserve energy in the off-use hours. (Provision was made to divert this hotter water from the handicapped bathroom tap.) This has not proven satisfactory. We are currently arranging for a telephone conference between the plumber familiar with the setup and the manufacture’s representative. We have the option of course of a $17,000+ new dishwasher system but would like to exhaust all other possibilities first.

Time, Talents, and Treasures

STEP UP TO STEWARDSHIP

Does God really want us to “give till it hurts”? Is this Biblical teaching? We actually have the American Red Cross to thank for that phrase. “Give Till It Hurts” appeared on several World War I posters and was linked to the concept of sacrifice—on the battlefront and at home. Ever since then, it has become an often -used—and overused—catchphrase for many situations.

So what does it mean for a Christian to give until it hurts? Mr. Example earns a six -digit salary annually. He consistently puts $20 in the offering plate every Sunday and $50 on Christmas and Easter. Does that hurt him? Miss Illustration has her budget in place each month and follows it commendably. The last item in her budget is her church offering, which flutters up and down like a wounded bird depending on how much she has left over after her own needs and wants are met. Is this a sacrifice?

To follow Christ, we must be willing to sacrifice whatever He asks of us—our possessions (Mark 10:21, Luke 12:33, Matthew 19:21) or ourselves (Matthew 16:24, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, Luke 14:27.) If it doesn’t hurt, it isn’t a sacrifice. The crucial word in the above is “willing.” Christians make willing sacrifices. We are not forced into sacrifice; we gladly sacrifice for Jesus who willingly sacrificed Himself for us. Happy are those who fear God, who cherish and relish His commandments; they are quick to be generous (Psalm 112:9.)

John Wesley put it so much more simply: “Gain all you can. Save all you can. Give all you can.” Enthusiastically, eagerly, cheerfully, lovingly.