Summer Lunch Box
This year, the SLB is requesting donations of tuna fish from Grace Lutheran Church for the SLB distributions. Any brand is acceptable as long as it is packed in water. The 5 1/2 oz. cans are preferred, but if you come across a sale on the larger-size cans, we can use them for bigger families. Boxes will be available for your donations in the usual spot at the rear of the church.
We should see Friendship Sunday as our major evangelism effort. It takes a lot to make this effort more than a community picnic. We need people canvassing the neighborhood handing out flyers and seeking opportunities to interact with people. The need for Jesus in Hop Bottom is difficult not to see. We all have friends, family and neighbors that we can invite and witness to. Recently we have been talking about the book Joining Jesus in His Mission. See Marie Doty to get signed up for training in going along with Jesus to our community. We are eliminating the bounce house this year due to budgetary concerns. So far we are still open to suggestions on what food to serve. We are counting on the same “old” work crew for set up and take down, etc. Soon we will be accepting baskets for raffles, as well as other prizes. A committee is being formed. See Art Gundell to get involved.
“What is Stewardship?”
Happy New Year to you all.
The Christmas card exchange worked out good. If there are any suggestions, please feel free to tell me.
I know January is a busy month after the Holiday rush. Now that's over with and I would like some input on what stewardship means to you. I have some ideas and thoughts: Collections, out-reach, and such. In February, I will be adding in the bulletins, slips of paper for your thoughts. Then I will know where we can start. My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Submitted by Cindy Chidester
“What is Stewardship?”
CHRISTIAN STEWARDSHIP is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes. In other words, “It’s doing the best with what you’ve got!” As co-chairs of Stewardship we would like to thank you for your vote of confidence in us, and would like you all to join us as Christian Stewards as we use our abilities to serve the Lord.
Deb Belch Cindy Chidester
Reverend Bode Transition Planning
Since Pastor Bode is planning to retire in about 3 years, a transition team has been formed to organize the change to a new minister and to make Grace’s mission smooth and continuous. If you (members) are interested in helping, please contact Paul Miller 570 378 3058.
DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA?
Sometimes I amaze myself as to how I can be oblivious as to the things going on around me. Or to put it another way, I just assume everything is great because nobody has told me anything different. And that is exactly what happened at the church council meeting this month. It is that time of year that we begin putting together a budget for the next year. If you have ever been involved in this process, you know the first thing you do is look at what is going on with the current year’s income and expenses. So to get back to my being oblivious, I thought our offerings (from the plate and envelopes) were right on target with our budget. WRONG – giving has been down this year about 9% from the budget. Not only that, but it is down from last year at this time. Lately, monthly expenses are more than the offering each month. And we have two more months left this year! There are so many needs out there and pleas for donations. For some reason, it seems that we get real uncomfortable when the church starts talking about giving. But as much as it is uncomfortable, the council is asking you all to pray about how you can help close this deficit in our giving. If we all just put a little extra in over the next several weeks, we can reach our goal. We are a church family and families pull together when times get tough. And it is also said, if the burden is spread out over many, it is less of a burden on just a few. Thank you all for what you have done this past year and for considering this appeal.
Submitted by Stewardship Committee
Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship by Hugh Whelchel November 26, 2012
Bill Peel (The High Calling) suggests that there are four important principles about biblical stewardship we must understand: 1. The principle of ownership. The psalmist begins the 24th psalm with, The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. 2. The principle of responsibility: In explaining responsibility, Peel writes, although God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing is ours. Nothing really belongs to us. God owns everything; we’re responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. While we complain about our rights here on earth, the Bible constantly asks, What about your responsibilities? Owners have rights; stewards have responsibilities. 3. The principle of accountability: A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. We are all stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day each one of us will be called to give an account for how we have managed what the Master has given us. Grace Notes March 2017 10 4. The principle of reward: In Colossians 3:23-24 Paul writes: Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. So, be a joyful steward! Delight in the knowledge that He gives us all we need! Faithfully receive His precious gifts daily! Rejoice that we are empowered by God to be good Christian stewards through His love and His Gospel! God Bless You.
Stewardship co-chairs Cindy Chidester and Deb Belch
" I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service." 1Ti 1:12