Stewardship means caring for and carrying forward all the assets of our congregation that have been accumulated over two hundred years. These assets include our congregation’s history, its accomplishments, and its sense of religious purpose. Our assets also include our congregation’s building and its financial resources. Our assets also include the struggles, sacrifices, and devoted efforts of our congregation’s people as they created the religious community that we enjoy today.
A sense of stewardship inspires us to be gratefully appreciative of what we have received from the generations that have preceded us. A sense of stewardship calls us to be generous in nurturing and sustaining the assets of our religious community in the present. And a sense of stewardship urges us to build on what we have received and make it even more abundantly available to the generations who will follow us.
Yes, stewardship includes financial support. But stewardship also includes contributing to the life of our congregation by participating in a group, serving on a committee, assisting someone in need, and bringing the message and the spirit of our church into the larger community through acts of love, service, and justice.
Stewardship by Doing
Stewardship includes more than making a pledge of financial support. Stewardship also includes rolling up your sleeves and contributing energy, creativity, skill, enthusiasm, time, wisdom, and effort. Participation in some of these groups is by congregational vote or by invitation from a staff member, but all of these groups would welcome your participation! Please check your church directory for telephone numbers of people who are listed as leaders.