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First Congregational UCC, Battle Creek, Michigan


Click here to pledge online for the Journey to Generosity Stewardship campaign.

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More Information on Stewardship 2017

This year’s stewardship theme, “Journey to Generosity: The Way of Jesus,” takes shape from this passage in Matthew 9:35-10:23, when Jesus said to his disciples:

 “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” (Matthew 9:37-38)

 If we relate this passage to our lives as Christians in a faith community, it’s easy to see that the plentiful harvest is God’s blessings and we are the laborers. God expects us to give our time, talent, and treasure to help gather the bounty and share it with our church, community, and the world. God expects us to be generous because God is generous. This is the very essence of making a stewardship commitment.

The scripture goes on to tell how Jesus assembled his disciples and told them to go “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near. . . .You received without payment; give without payment. Take no gold, or silver, or copper in your belts, no bag for your journey, or two tunics, or sandals, or a staff; for laborers deserve their food.’”

This is a tall order, even for the disciples, and yet it’s not so different from some of the things we are called to do as Christian disciples today: go to the “lost sheep,” proclaim the good news, give without payment.

And it is certainly no different from what we do when we make a stewardship commitment.

This year, as you consider making a pledge, be reminded of the generosity God has bestowed on you, and let it inspire you to be generous in return.

For indeed, the journey to generosity is the way of Jesus.