Bethel Lutheran Church
333 E. Ridge Street
October 10, 2016
Dear Members of Bethel:
What is stewardship? Stewardship is a spiritual attitude about who we are and what we have. It begins with the realization that everything we are and everything we own are gifts, freely given to us by a God who loves us and calls us into relationship with himself. We have nothing – not even life itself – which is not a gift from God. And with that understanding comes both a desire to somehow “give back” in thanksgiving some share of all we’ve been given and a growing awareness of our responsibility to use those gifts wisely. Stewardship is this attitude of responsive and responsible gratitude.
Our stewardship, therefore, begins with a relationship. We are loved and called into relationship with Christ and our stewardship is the measure of our faithfulness to that relationship. It’s the result of a longing to give back to the One who loves us, who takes sinful, imperfect people like us and does extraordinary things.
As we reflect now on our personal stewardship for the coming year, may we respond to our baptismal calling and be a people who love and strengthen each other and who reach out to others with grace, compassion and unconditional love. Our lives are not our own. Nor are our gifts, time or money. They are the Lord’s, loaned to us for the purpose of using them for his glory.
On October 22nd and 23rd, we will observe our Stewardship Commitment Weekend. PLEASE bring with you on that weekend the enclosed Estimate of Giving form and Time & Talent sheet for 2017. Please pray about your commitment to the Lord and his church and resolve to do the best you can as a steward of God’s manifold gifts. Seek God’s will before making your commitments and know that as you faithfully follow the Lord, the light of faith will shine in your life wherever you go.
Rev Lauri O. Maki, Pastor & Steve Nelson, Council President
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