Every organization requires the time, energy and financial
support of its members to achieve goals and expand services
within its community. Our community includes our members, our
neighborhood and the world. The Stewardship Ministry advocates
faithful giving, biblical tithing, and emphasizes the spiritual
benefits of regular giving. It keeps members aware of the needs
of our congregation and the opportunity for additional giving
of their time, talent and financial resources. The Stewardship
Ministry encourages support for the Evangelical Lutheran Church
in America, the Metropolitan Chicago Synod, St. Cyprian's Food
Pantry, United in Faith's capital appeal and United in Faith's
own operational needs.
1 Peter 4:10
Each one, as a good manager of God's different gifts, must use
for the good of others the special gift he has received from
Sunday is November 19, 2017
We often talk about being stewards of God’s gifts, but
what does that mean? We operate under the illusion that what we
possess is ours, but 1 Peter 4:8-11 makes it clear that we are
merely stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over
a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without
grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have
received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s
grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so
as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they
should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all
things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the
glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
In fact, of the many definitions of “steward” in
the dictionary, the common thread is that a steward is a
caretaker (of money, property, things, God’s grace, etc.)
who is acting in the best interest of the owner. As Christians,
we recognize ourselves as stewards of God’s grace in its
various forms, which includes our money and possessions (our
treasure), as well as our talents and our time.
The Faith Promises Form is one tool you can use to ensure
you are prayerfully and thoughtfully considering your
stewardship of God’s grace in its various forms. You
should have received the form in your third quarter giving
statement, and extra forms are available on the table by the
We encourage everyone to complete the form and ask that you
bring your faith promises (in a sealed envelope, if you wish)
to the altar during the offertory on November 19. If you cannot
or do not want to bring your faith promise to the altar, you
may place it in the collection plate or provide it to the
church office at any time.
If you have questions, please contact Denise Boyer, Nancy
Ciecko, Rick Guzik, Gretchen Quillin, or Pastor Carla Thompson
We have new
The Stewardship Team looked into lowering the cost of our
giving envelopes. The new envelopes are finally here. The new
envelopes can be picked up at church.
Planning For The
Is Your Spouse, Partner
or Family Prepared for Your Death?
Notes From the Stewardship Ministry
Sunday Is November 1
Faith Promises Sunday is also All Saints’ Sunday,
November 6. Look for your Faith Promises Form in the next
quarterly giving statement or pick one up on the table by the
What is a faith promise? A faith promise is a personal (or
family) commitment to God. Try it out and start small if
you’re nervous. If you've never made a faith promise
before, consider committing what you’re already giving
or, if you’re not already giving, commit to give $1 per
week. If you are already in the habit of making a faith
promise, take a small step and increase your God donation by
whatever dollar amount or percentage you and God decide upon,
like $10 per month or 2% more per month. You could also
increase your giving based on any salary increase you may have
had in the past year. By making this commitment to God,
you’ll be deepening your relationship with Him.
Giving Work for You?
Do you forget your weekly Sunday offering envelope? What do
you do when you miss a Sunday (or two)? There is a simple
option for you to continue your giving in these situations.
You can use Simply Giving! Simply Giving is a program
offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans through Vanco
Services, LLC, an industry leader in electronic payment
solutions. Simply Giving allows you to have your church giving
amount automatically withdrawn from your checking account,
savings account, credit card, or debit card on a pre-authorized
transfer date (1st of the month, every Sunday, etc.). The funds
are deposited directly into United in Faith's bank account.
You can enroll online and change the amount of your
contribution or the date the funds are withdrawn at your
convenience. Several members of United in Faith have been using
this program successfully for quite a few years.
For more information, please contact Jeanne at the church
A Charitable Gift
Of Life Insurance Might be the Answer
Are you considering making a gift of a life insurance policy
to United in Faith? Life insurance often allows you to make a
significantly larger charitable gift than might be possible
using your current assets.
By making United in Faith the owner and beneficiary of a
life insurance contract, you can take a deduction for the
ongoing premium payments as you make them. Either cash or
publicly traded securities may be used to make premium
payments. You can also receive tax benefits if you make a gift
of a paid-up life insurance contract.
Alternatively, you can remain the owner of a contract and
name the foundation as partial, sole or contingent beneficiary
of the life insurance death benefit. No income tax deduction
will result, but the gift will create a charitable deduction
for your estate.
Making a Charitable
Bequest to United In Faith
A charitable bequest is one of the easiest ways you can
leave a lasting impact on United in Faith. The bequest can be
made in your will or trust directing a gift to United in
To make a bequest, you should speak with your attorney. Your
attorney can include language in your will or trust specifying
a gift to be given to United in Faith as part of your estate.
Your bequest can be for an amount of money, specific personal
items (like stocks and bonds), real estate, or a percentage of
Please consider United in Faith in your estate planning.
IT’S FREE MONEY!
Do you shop at Amazon.com? If not, maybe you should start!
Amazon will give a small percentage of most of your purchases
made on Amazon Smile to United in Faith. All you need to do is
shop through smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. The first
time you visit, you will need to choose a charity. Type in
“United in Faith Lutheran Church” and locate the
one with the C hicago address. That’s it! You’re
all set. Just remember to bookmark the page and return the next
time you intend to shop at Amazon.
Our church will start receiving .5% for all qualifying
purchases you make. It may not sound like much money, but if
any of your households are like the Quillin household, they run
on the convenience of Amazon! This is just one small way you
can enhance your regular stewardship practices without spending
additional money out of your pocket.
Any additional money that comes in through smile.amazon.com
will enhance our ability to do ministry! Contact Gretchen
Quillin or Bonnie Maginnis with any questions.
How Do You
Maybe you haven’t given it much thought. It’s
likely we all believe that Heaven is real, but have you really
thought about what Heaven looks like or what it truly means for
our everyday faith/life that there
is a Heaven?
Now is your chance to explore some of these ideas. The
Stewardship Ministry will be leading a two-session book
discussion on the book Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy’s
Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back written by Todd
Burpo, Sonja Burpo, and Colton Burpo. This quick read provides
a glimpse into what one boy experienced as Heaven.
The format of this book discussion will be different from
those previously held. We ask that you read the whole book
(under 200 pages) prior to the sessions so we can discuss
overall themes and ideas. The two-session discussion will be
held at the end of March or beginning of April; watch the
bulletin or UIF website for specific dates and times.
If you’re interested, please contact the office by
March 9 so we can order enough books.
Have you read an inspiring or thought-provoking work that
you’d like us to consider for an upcoming book
discussion? Or perhaps you’d like to lead a discussion.
Please let us know. You can contact any member of the team or
leave a note in the Stewardship mailbox near the music room.
Team members include Denise Boyer, Nancy Ciecko, Rich Guzik,
Gretchen Quillin, and Pastor White.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you
hear the word, “stewardship”? If you’re like
most people, you likely thought of money. That’s right,
greenbacks, dough, moolah, dead presidents. Well, contrary to
popular belief, stewardship isn’t all about the
For people who believe in God, stewardship is about sharing
the gifts God has given us for the good of the community and to
build up the Kingdom of God. And while “gifts” does
include money, when we focus only on the gifts, we miss some
other important parts of the definition.
One part of the definition that often gets overlooked is
that the gifts we have, whatever they are, we have them because
God has given them to us. This seems to make sense when we look
at our spiritual gifts, doesn’t it? Gifts of prayer,
artistic ability, and organization are easy enough to
acknowledge as being from God, after all, we believe that God
created us. But what about our time or our money? How can those
things be from God? Furthermore, what does it mean once we
acknowledge that our time, talents, and treasure are from God?
At a minimum, it changes how we see those gifts, and
ultimately, it changes how we use those gifts, including how
freely we give them away.
Another aspect of the definition that also deserves our
attention is “for the good of the community.” When
we’re falling in love, we’d do anything for the
other person, reminiscent of that Bryan Adams song,
“(Everything I Do) I Do It for You.” Translated to
stewardship, this means that everything we do with our gifts
should be for the good of the community, including our family,
our neighborhood, and, of course, our church. This can be
incredibly overwhelming, with all the demands on our time,
talents, and treasure. Try examining how you’re using
your time, talents, and treasures, and see if you can reduce
the activities and expenditures that aren’t for the good
of the community. That way, the next time you’re asked to
attend a gifts seminar or give toward a worthy cause,
you’ll have the capacity.
Changing the way we view stewardship will certainly take
some time and prayer, but we have to start somewhere!
We Believe. Now
The Stewardship Ministry has adopted a theme based on a
quote by Lutheran pastor and educator, Clarence Stoughton. He
said, “Stewardship is everything we do after we say,
‘I believe.’” This quote reminds us that once
we say “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son Our
Lord,” (as we do every Sunday during the Lord’s
Prayer), every action we take should reflect that belief. As
believers, we need to glorify God with all we have: our time,
our talents, and of course, our treasure.
There are many things we do to live our beliefs, including
caring for the environment, participating in ministries, and
using our gifts and money for positive influences. One thing
that the members of the Stewardship Ministry do after we say
“I believe” is commit, or promise, our money to
God. But we’re in the minority. The majority of the
congregation at United in Faith has not been making this
commitment. You may be wondering what the point of a faith
promise is or thinking that your offering of $5 each week
isn’t worth it. Those are understandable concerns.
The purpose of making this faith promise is to make a
personal (or family-based) commitment to God. Yes, United in
Faith needs money to run, but what’s more important is
your relationship with God. So try it out and start small if
you’re nervous. We’re not asking you to tithe
(though if every person or family at United in Faith did that,
we wouldn’t have to use our investments to run);
we’re just asking you to make a public commitment to give
to God this year. Take small steps. If you’ve never made
a faith promise before, consider committing what you’re
already giving or, if you’re not already giving, commit
to give $1 per week. If you are already in the habit of making
a faith promise, take a small step and increase your God
donation by whatever dollar amount or percentage you and God
decide upon, like $10 or 2% more per month. By making this
commitment to God, you’ll be deepening your relationship
This year, we’ll be bringing our faith promises to the
altar on All Saints’ Sunday (November 3). Look for your
form in your third quarter giving statement. Until then, pray
about it and see how God moves your heart.