Monday, October 10, 2011

Celebrating Stewardship

Stewardship is thankfulness to God expressed by sharing our financial gifts and serving others. Read below how St. John’s members express their understanding of stewardship in their lives.

Psalms 5:3b reminds us that we should begin each day with thoughts of God and prayers to him. We should look for God’s touch in our daily lives.

I pledge so that a budget can be made, by me as well as the church.
Another reason is that I would have nothing without God in my life and it is the least I can do to share my good fortune. I volunteer because it is a way of sharing the gifts God has given me in carrying out his work. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” My volunteering started when I was in 4th grade and started singing in the choir; I played the organ for church services at age 12 and taught
nursery Sunday school classes when I was in high school. So I have a long history of volunteering in church and hope to continue for years to come. — Mary Hughes

Speaking for myself, I pledge and volunteer because I have been incredibly blessed in my life and I feel a commitment to God to give back blessings to others that I have received. I believe that God is Love and we must reflect this love to others. I feel a compassion for those in need. — John Freeman

I give to the church because it is something I believe is important in my life and the lives around me and I want to support it. I pledge because after serving on the finance and stewardship committee I understand how the budget is designed based on the pledges. I volunteer because I enjoy it and hope to share my many blessings.
— Lindsey Sen-Roy

I tithe to show my love of God, to honor his name and in a special way thank him for the rich blessings he has bestowed upon my life. My small gift added to others allows St John’s to do many wonderful things and help many people near and far, so much more than I could ever do on my own. — Pat Ragan

I give to further God’s commitment to us as a church. I volunteer at Memorial Southwest to bring comfort and peace to patients I see. — Linda Dobbin

Jesus was not the kind of person to say, “Do what I say, not what I do.” He taught by example. So if we indeed accept his explanation that to see Him was to see the Father, then how can we, his followers, truly worship God in any other way than to devote our live and resources to carry on his work? — David Rainwater