Our Stewardship Commitment Sunday (originally scheduled for December 13) was postponed until the 2nd Sunday of January, so we could focus on the successful closeout of the 2015 budget activities. So as indicated in the December Spire we’ll be focusing our 2016 Stewardship Campaign on the theme: Stewardship – Is it Generosity or Service?
As a refresher on some thoughts of the theme, let us share that during the past several months a group of Trinity members have been investigating ways to “shift” our approach to effective ministry. This “shifting” is a transformational process designed to assist local congregations, like Trinity, in exploring the best practices related to developing healthy systems (hospitality, worship, discipleship, service, and generosity) and the application of these practices to the local context. As we approach the time of stewardship commitment it is being suggested that we “shift” our thoughts so as to ensure a tie between generosity and service. Because stewardship really is both!
The generosity that we all participate in through our contributions of time, talents, and treasures to Trinity and our communities has a very deep service aspect to it. Generosity and service are centered in our heads and in our hearts. With our heads we can discern what proportion of our income we will offer to our Lord with joy in our hearts. Through your generous spirit of service which comes from our hearts, we reach out to feed the hungry, cloth the needy, shelter those at risk, and most importantly, nourish our souls by spreading the love of Jesus. Our forefathers would be very proud of where we have taken Trinity.
So on Stewardship Commitment Sunday (January 10), we will all be asked to center our heads and hearts and make Trinity our #1 priority in our generosity and service. Your generosity will allow Trinity to meet all the needs of our programs, missions, and ministries, while your service will be a critical factor in helping us achieve our purpose of “making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.”
Look for a Stewardship campaign letter to come in the mail during the first week of January with an enclosed pledge card. Please listen to your head and heart as you reflect on stewardship as being both about generosity and service. And please add Sunday, January 31, to your calendar as the date that we’ll have a Stewardship Celebration Sunday after both services, and celebrate our gracious gifts of generosity and service.