STEP UP TO STEWARDSHIP
This month we are focusing on the part of stewardship that deals with stewardship of our financial resources. We all know this is important and is often the most talked-about and least-liked part of Stewardship. Surprisingly, this is not a new concern; money and material possessions figured largely in daily life two thousand years ago. Jesus knew this. Sixteen of the 38 parables deal with money or possessions. Possessions are discussed three times more often than love, seven more times than prayer, and eight times more than belief.
A brief theology of stewardship tells us that
A) God is the creator and owner of all things (Psalm 24:1, Deuteronomy 8:18);
B) we are called to be stewards of the grace of God (1 Peter 4:10);
C) the gifts we are given are for the blessing and building up of community
Let’s consider four principles of stewardship:
When God is the priority in our lives, then it naturally follows that our gifts for His sake are priority. The principle of proportionality means that if we are blessed by God greatly, we are blessed to give greatly; and if we are blessed by God a little, we give a little. An important principle of giving is regularity—consistent, reliable, timely, habitual giving. The discipline of giving regularly becomes another way to worship God. There is also a certain risk involved in making our giving a priority that is proportional and regular. If we truly follow these principles of giving, we find that it’s not easy. It’s a sacrificial act, a step out in faith. We move outside our financial comfort zone when we give to God. We give God our trust as well as our treasure.
Give God what is right, not what is left.
TIME, TALENT, and TREASURES COMMITTEE
It's responsibilities are to oversee the church's finances, conduct pledge drives, and provide stewardship education.
SESSION AUGUST NEWS
The Session met Thursday, August 17, 2017 and took the following actions:
- Reviewed and accepted the Financial Report through July 31, 2017
- Approved Rev. Bob Slater to preach October8 and Rev. Mike Neeley to preach on October 15, 2017
- Accepted with regret the resignation of Bill Isenberger as an Elder
- Approved discontinuing the subscription of “Presbyterians Today” for all church families. The magazine is available to individual subscribers much cheaper than the church subscription rate.
- Approved holding three services on Sunday December 24, Christmas Eve, at 10 AM, 6:30 PM and 8:30 PM. There will not be Christian Ed. There will be two morning services on Sunday, December 31, New Year’s Eve, as well as Christian Ed.
- Approved FPCPA participation in the Ecumenical Service at St. Andrew’s on Thanksgiving Eve, Wednesday November 22, 2017.
- Approved a Stewardship Dinner, “Celebrating Our Gifts,” on Thursday, November 9 from 6:30-8:30.
- Approved turning on the church’s web cam on for both Sunday services and special services as needed, so our online community can watch our services live with no password.
- Discussions continue on building security. The building has been found unlocked after it had been locked for the day.
- Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be January 28, 2018
THE STATE OF OUR STEWARDSHIP
We are pleased to report that the church's financial state and physical plant are both in good condition. We are blessed with a joyfully generous congregation, not only in its temporal giving, but also those who remember the church in their individual estate planning.