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 God."
Faith Promises Sunday is in November every year.
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 sanctuary.
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.
In 2018 we explored the REVEAL process, beginning with a survey by each member. We found out we are a Complacent congregation - rarely praying or reflecting on scripture outside of church, consisting of long time older churchgoers, and happy the way things are. Efforts are currently directed at bible studies and prayer. Movement beyond complacency will require an outward focus on mission or internal spiritual growth. Discussions regarding what individuals are willing to do to position the church for growth have begun and will be continuing. Do we love our congregation enough to be open to the changes that may be needed for growth?
If you have questions, please contact Denise Boyer, Nancy Ciecko, Rich Guzik, Gretchen Quillin, or Pastor Carla Thompson Powell.