"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." - 1 Peter 4:10
Our parish is soon beginning a new discernment process called Grateful Living: The Joy of Stewardship. This is a total parish experience designed to help you and all in our parish community bring faith to life by embracing stewardship as a spiritual, practical way of life.
The heart of this process will be the gathering of small groups of people in homes to read and pray with the Scriptures. RENEW International will provide training for those who will lead this process in our parish. We are hoping as many people as possible will see this as a moment of grace and will participate.
We would have liked to explain the Grateful Living process to everyone individually, but, given the size of our parish, this is not possible. This is why I am writing to you. Our parishioners who will lead this process will be providing you with information about how Grateful Living works and how it can breathe new life into our discipleship and stewardship as individual women and men, and as a parish committed to continuing the mission of Jesus.
Please take time to reflect on this invitation, share it with your family and friends, and prayerfully consider being a part of this experience when we have sign-up weekends on September 25/26 and October 2/3.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Louis M. Nelen, Pastor & Rector
What Identifies a Steward?
Safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous giving of time, talent, and treasure. But being a Christian steward means more. As Christian stewards, we receive God's gifts gratefully, cultivate them responsibly, share them lovingly in justice with others, and return them with increase to the Lord.
We plant seeds, knowing they hold hope for the future. We lay foundations, knowing much building must follow. There is a sense of liberation, however, in realizing this. We can do something, and we can do it very well. We can take the first step in making a difference, knowing that we may never see the end of the road, the results of our actions, the recipients of our giving. We receive and offer the gift of hope. The harvest will come.
Many of our days are spent "growing dirt," preparing the soil for future plantings. That is an act of hope. We know we are only workers, not the Master Gardner. Accepting the gifts of silence, light, the guiding Spirit and hope, we are co-creators of the future, which is in God's hands.
Pillars of Stewardship
The four pillars of stewardship are Hospitality, Prayer, Formation and Service. These pillars invite parishioners to experience, witness and live the stewardship way of life in response to their baptismal call to discipleship. Each baptized person is called to give of time, talent and treasure to strengthen these four pillars that support the parish community – your parish community.