Stewardship. What is it?
As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.
How do we respond to God’s call to serve and love our neighbors? We faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Although some think of stewardship as only a financial response to God’s love, stewardship encompasses so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.
Each fall Bethlehem asks disciples (members) of the church to submit a financial pledge. This helps the church create a budget for the year. This is commonly called our stewardship campaign. You are never required to give money to the church. If you do, the money will be used wisely. If you don’t feel comfortable with giving money, or are not able to, there are other ways you can give to the church. They include time and talent.
There are always opportunities to volunteer at church or with other disciples in the greater community. Look though the website and complete the volunteer form or sign up using the insert in the service bulletin.
God has given each of us talents. Some we recognize and some we need to unearth. Whether your talent is cooking, cleaning, organization, finances, or good cheer, there is a way to share that talent with the Bethlehem and greater Saint Charles community.
However you choose to give to the church, we always encourage disciples to seek a balance in their life. Only you can determine the appropriate amount of time, talent or treasure you and/or your family can give. Let God inspire your heart as you determine what is appropriate for you.