Stewardship of the gifts God provides to us is a year-round activity that each of us conducts in our own ways. How we receive and share the time, talent, and treasure in our hearts, minds, soul, and in our hands is a personal decision we each make. Each fall our Stewardship committee and Church Council plan activities that help us center our thoughts and allow us to prayerfully consider how and how much we will share with our congregation in the New Year so that the work of our church grows in and around our community.
Following up on our Council's recent retreat and centering on the theme of The Body of Christ and how we can Build Connections with God we will be holding a series of Cottage Meetings in the homes of several member of our church between October 15th and November 1st. These meetings will be hosted by the Frick, Obedzinski, Davis and Taylor families. These members will host a 90 minute gathering from 7 - 8:30 p.m. that will include fellowship, some light after-dinner refreshments and a conversation that explores where our gifts come from, how we receive them, who do they belong to, and how do we share them and why.
Members will be receiving an invitation to attend one of these Cottage Meetings. If you are unable to attend a meeting you will be contacted by a church member who will arrange to speak to you one on one at another time about the topics being discussed prior to Pledge Sunday taking place in early November. On that Sunday, members will bring their Sunday offering and their pledge of time, talent and treasure to the offering plate as a symbol of their personal commitment and in support of our church programs.
Additionally, watch for stories from members about "Why I Give" that will be shared in the church service bulletin and in other ways during October and November. We hope you're inspired by the discussions and shared stories and that you're sharing your own "Why I Give" story at the meetings and in other settings inspires others.
If you have any questions please contact Dave Taylor, Ray Frick, Pastor Hoffman, or me.
Dave Obedzinski, Chair