An Invitation to Estimate of Giving

This year's stewardship theme is "A Journey to Generosity." When we follow the way of Jesus, we follow a path that leads to a generous way of life that derives from the generosity of God. While some people join into Christian faith as fully-mature stewards, most of us follow a journey in which our generosity grows as we become ever more aware of the generosity of God and of how to respond adequately.

Matthew 9:35

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.

Matthew 10:8

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely have you received; freely give.

Stewardship ties two things together. Stewards recognize God's unmerited love for each and every person, and for all other created entitites (animals, the natural world, cosmic existence). Stewards also recognize that God's unmerited love calls for love of neighbor. Stewardship of time, talent, money, and other resources is a practical way to express love for God and love for others.

As the gospel writers interpret Jesus' saying, when articulating what Christians often call the Great Commandment, "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind', ...and... 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Moreover, the practice of stewardship can be a means of grace. One reason the synagogue and church worship every seven days is that we so easily forget the presence and love of God, and can so easily drift into attitudes, values, and behaviors that work against God's purposes of love for all. Worship reminds us of the promises of God to us and of our response to God.

Please complete an Estimate of Giving form whether you plan on using eGiving as your donation method or continuing to utilize your previous method and will make payments directly to the church.

This year we have a Time and Talent card to which we would like you to respond.

When we commit time, talent, money, and other resources to church or world, we also symbolize something that goes beyond the actual immediate action. We represent the commitment of our whole lives to the values and practices of God.

To complete an Estimate of Giving for 2018, and/or your Time and Talent Form, you can click on the appropriate Printed Form button below to mail to the church to the attention of the Financial Secretary, or you may provide an internet/online form by clicking on the appropriate Online Form button. Once you provide the information requested on the Online Form and click the Submit button on the Online Form, your Estimate of Giving will be forwarded securely and confidentially to our church Financial Secretary, Per Jonas, and your Time and Talent information will be sent to Jan Jonas.

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