What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is more than the giving of money in order to meet a church’s budget for the year. Stewardship is a theological statement of belief. It is a way of life based on a belief that we are all the beloved children of God. Therefore, we joyfully give of our time, talent, and treasure in order to participate in God’s Kingdom being lived here and now.
A practice of pledging models the values of our faith and demonstrates our commitment to deepening our relationship with God through active support of God’s ministry through the church. It provides an opportunity to discipline ourselves and educate our children. As a spiritual exercise, pledging allows us to reflect on the gifts God has given so that we all may use those gifts for the purpose of ministry, mission, faith formation, Christian fellowship, and worship of the church.
Dear Church Family:
For nearly two hundred years this church has served this entire community. It was when founded and continues today to be rooted in faith. It has stood tall, strong and unbending through good times and bad, a beacon of light which draws us in. It has provided security, opportunity to witness and hope for the future throughout the years. For this and for so many other reasons we as members of FPC are extremely grateful. We are, in fact, flourishing in gratitude.
We are now poised for rebirth. We have prevailed over months of fear, illness, death and uncertainty. We have welcomed a new pastor and his family and are actively seeking additional staff.
So, what does it take to build a vital church and maintain that status through the years? A building? A minister and staff? Members? Yes, all of these. But it also takes a sincere commitment from the staff and members to be active in their support of our church and all of its programs-spiritually, financially and with the gift of time. There is much that we have, learn from and enjoy, but there is much that we need.
The ministry teams are hard at work advancing the formation of our faith, mission opportunities, meaningful worship and fellowship. In order to have and experience all that we need and desire requires a commitment from all of us. We need to give freely and joyfully of our time and resources. A few years ago during stewardship season Kristina Carlson challenged us to increase our giving by a minimum of 5%. We can all afford to do this. I join Kristina in asking you to prayerfully consider this.
With the exception of a few years when I was away I have been a member of this church since the 1950’s. It is held deep in my heart. It is my home, my family. You have no idea how much it means to me to feel the love and support that we give to each other.
Let us remember our responsibility to support our beloved church with our time, talents and resources this stewardship season and throughout the coming years.
God bless and protect each of you and God bless and protect First Presbyterian Church.
All are invited to discern how God calls you to serve, through the giving of your time, talents and treasures. Below are copies of this year’s stewardship materials for your consideration. Contact Frances Saralvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have and to let her know your interest in making a pledge.
If you would like to fill out your 2022 pledge card online, please click here!