Thursday, November 3, 2016

Consecration Sunday Is Coming!                          
Dear Friends,
This year our Stewardship Committee has decided to use a slightly different type of stewardship program.  We hope that it will be well received by our congregation.  This approach offers a biblical perspective on stewardship.

Congregations that approach financial stewardship from a biblical perspective do not view the money Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay its bills.  Rather, such congregations see financial contributions as a way to help people grow spiritually in their relationship with God by supporting their church’s mission and ministry with a percentage of their incomes.

Our congregation’s stewardship committee and vestry has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and  spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.

New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question, “What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?”

During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, November 13, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church’s  missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card will do so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We especially urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. The  procedure will be done in such a way that no one will feel personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out an Estimate of Giving card. During morning worship our guest leader will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, climaxed by members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.  Online giving will still be available for those who prefer to make their pledge in this way.

Over the next few weeks we will encourage participation in Consecration Sunday events through our Consecration Sunday team and vestry members.

Your team will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit everyone to attend our Consecration Sunday worship on November 13, which will be followed up with a Celebration Brunch after the 10 am service.

Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events.

Blessings,  Karin+

1 comment:

  1. I think this approach is so inspiring. I believe many will feel the same as I do.Thanks for this blog, Mother Karin, and thanks to the Consecration Sunday team for their efforts to present financial giving in a spiritual way.