All Saints Messenger - September 18, 2014

posted Sep 19, 2014, 7:07 AM by Church Secretary

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,


Last week we were blessed to have The Rev. Corky Carlisle with us.  He met with the Vestry on Saturday and preached at both services on Sunday.  One of Corky's gifts to the church is his ability to talk about and motivate people on the topic of Stewardship.  We learned many things as a Vestry and hopefully those in attendance learned a thing or two as well.

 

Stewardship encompasses so much more than what we usually experience as a congregation in the fall of the year.  Stewardship is about Time, Talent, & Treasure.  It is about giving back to God because ALL that we have is from God. It is about being a generous giver of our time, talent, and treasure.  It is about our first fruits, not our leftovers.  It is about living and seeing life through the lens of abundance rather than through the lens of scarcity.

 

While together we shared stories with one another about life experiences when we had, in our past, or currently, given away more than we thought we should or could and after doing so realized that we were richer than before.  We heard stories about a couple who, instead of sending money or buying something on the store registry of a soon to be married couple, offered them to come to their home, to visit and break bread, and then look through their home and take anything they saw. The couple states to this day that the joy in the receiver's eyes opened up a flood of joy in their own lives.

 

We will soon be hearing from some of our parishioners about their stewardship, giving, and receiving experiences and how they were transformed.  We hope to change from a church that has a stewardship drive to meet a budget into a church of joyful givers who give away to others and spread God's love to those who don't know about our loving God.

 

As you can imagine over the next few months we will be talking, discussing, teaching, living, and hopefully being transformed into something new: A people who know that all we have is from God and that we are called by God to give it away so that we may receive back from God ten-fold.

 

See ya Sunday!

 

Blessings & Peace,

Gary+

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