Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ of Calvary Lutheran Church,
Greetings in Christ Jesus! We are almost finished with the Church Year. The season of Advent will begin on the 29th of November. Advent marks the beginning of a new Church year, and at this time of year we plan how to steward the resources God has provided to us in our budgeting for the church and in our own personal stewardship. Sunday the 15th will be Stewardship Sun-day this year.
At the beginning of November, pledge cards will be sent to each family and member. During Sunday service on the 15th, we will collect your pledge cards for giving for the next year. If you are not able to attend that Sunday, you may mail in your card to the office. I will not see your card. You are not required to fill out a pledge card, but doing so will help the cabinet to plan the budget, and, more importantly, it will be a way for you to demonstrate your trust in the Lord’s provision for you. Pledging is a wonderful way to show your gratitude for all God has done for you, especially gratitude for the greatest gift of all to you—salvation, forgiveness of sins, and eternal life won for you by Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who died and rose again for you, received in faith. We, of course, can never repay our Lord for what He has done for us, but we can show that if we trust that He died for us, we trust that He will certainly provide for us. Therefore we can show our trust by giving to His Church a portion of our income so that its work may continue— proclaiming the saving Word and administering the saving sacraments.
[Below is the last article in our “Stewardship under the Cross” series, “Putting it All Together.” Please read it and prayer-fully consider its message for you.]
Over the past several months we have set out as a congregation to learn what God’s Word has to say about stewardship. One thing we learned is that faithful stewardship is a lifestyle. so here is a review of God’s Word for you to study with the year ahead in mind. No matter where you are at in your stewardship—tithing, going beyond a tithe, or still considering the concept of tithing—let this study lead you to think and pray about stewardship based on the Word.
Your heart will always go where you put God’s money. Jesus said that where your treasure is, there your heart will be also, and we sing at the Offering: “What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?” God is the ultimate giver of our in-comes: all these benefits, these gifts, come from Him. To acknowledge these gifts and our dependence on the Lord, God calls us to give a portion of our income back to Him for maintenance of His Church. Indeed, the Scriptures are very clear: God calls His people to gave at least a tithe of their income (10% of whatever “comes in “) back to Him at their place of worship.
This calls for faith. Do we trust God’s Word? Do we trust that what He says is for our benefit, not our harm? If you have never tithed before, it can be a scary proposition. “Give 10% of my income away!? You’ve got to be kidding.” But God doesn’t ever kid us in His Word. Instead, He tells us how to live holy and blessed lives full of peace and contentment. Consider these Scriptures:
Jesus said, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6: 19-21)
“Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How do we rob you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—the whole nation of you—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, “ says the LORD almighty, “ and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” (Malachi 3:8-10)
On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as each one of you may prosper. (1 Corinthians 16:2)
But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)
The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work.(2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
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We do not make God poor when we fail to give money to Him properly, but we do make ourselves poor if we do not give according to the standards He sets for us in His Word, the Bible. God does not need our money, but we need to give the way the Bible tells us to in order to overcome the negative influence money and the things of this world can have on us.
God will never tell us to do something that will be to our harm—He loves us too much for that. Jesus gave His life on the cross for me. He loves me and knows what is best for me—so I can know that what He says about stewardship is meant for my benefit. He wants my heart to be with Him—and my heart will always follow where I put God’s money. Tithing is not easy. It is godly. It will change your life. Stepping out in faith always does. You may have to change your lifestyle to accommodate following God’s Word in this matter. But tithing will change your life in other ways too: it will give you a peace and contentment that can only come from actually putting yourself in the hands of the Lord.
So read through those Scriptures again. Pray through the following questions and step out in faith this year with giving that is in accord with God’s Word. And just see if you are not blessed in it.
The Lord loves me and gave Himself for me on the cross. Y N
All that I have comes from the Lord. Y N
The Lord blessed me to live in the richest land in the world. Y N
If I had to start living on 90% of my current income tomorrow, I or someone in
my family would starve. Y N
I/ We have been making first-fruit, regular, proportionate
and generous (at least 10%, a tithe) money offering to the Lord from the heart. Y N
If “Yes”, the Lord gets all the glory for that.
If “No”, the Lord wants me to change the way I make money offerings to him. Y N
If the Lord wants me to change, I should change now, not later. Y N
It is the power of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus Christ that changes me
for the better. Y N
God bless you and your family as you walk your stewardship journey with Him.
If you would like to learn how to approach others with your faith, please contact Pastor Wing-field. He is going to start a “Pass It On” group this fall. Participants will learn how to express their faith to others by practicing first with each other, using a script as a guide. They will be provided with materials and guidance to help them go out and speak about the Lord to our neighbors in Wellington. After training, the participants will meet once a week. They will spend a half hour going over the material, and then they will go out and speak to people in their homes. After an hour they will return to the church to discuss their experiences. The program was highly recommended to Pastor Wingfield by Prof Joel Biermann at Concordia Seminary. Prof. Biermann has participated in such a group for years and believes that it has great value, both as out-reach and in training Christians how to express their faith.
Beginning this week, the Luther movie will be played during adult bible class.
November 15th Consecration Stewardship Sunday
We will be presenting our pledges of stewardship during the service. Cards will be sent out to everyone the first week of November and also cards will be made available in the
German Fest: Zion Lutheran Church Argonia. Saturday, November 7th from 4:00-7:00. Free will donation to benefit Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
LWML will meet Wednesday, November 4th at 7:00pm in the church parish hall. Please join us!
During the month of November the ladies of our LWML will be collecting items for our Thrivent project; the Orphan Grain Train. Some of the items you can donate are new under-wear and new or gently used baby and children’s clothing. We will also be putting together Hygiene Kits; need new bath towels, wash cloths, bath-size bars of soap, adult-size toothbrushes, sturdy combs, stick deodorants and Band-Aids (1/2” or 3/4”). The Orphan Grain Train’s full Wish List is posted in the parish hall. You may also donate money for us to buy items, and for us to give to Orphan Grain Train for their shipping costs and for our ship-ping costs. Thrivent is also generously giving us $250 to buy items. Orphan Grain Train is a wonderful LCMS organization! You can find out more about them by going to ogt.org. Please help us help others through this organization and with this project!
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Gerry Adkins: 1600 W. 8th, Room 111
Elmer Naasz: 102 W. Botkin
Frances Meyers: 8300 N.W. Barry Road,
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