A Word from Peter Buenz:
This moment of stewardship coincides with our dedication Sunday and gives us again a moment to reflect on this year’s stewardship campaign. I was excited when Laura asked me to give some brief comments on stewardship. Most of us have received a packet of information which includes an estimated of giving card and a time and talent sheet which is an opportunity to share areas of our personal interests to the churches mission.
There many opportunities for each of us to contribute our time and talents to our growing church and congregation. I especially love being part of the outreach to the Silverado community here in Bee Cave. Each month a group of us participate in a worship and communion service for a growing number of residents suffering from some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s. This week was our third service and over 20 residents participated. We share a familiar service with this community including hymns, prayers, a brief message and communion. I believe that each of us who participate in the service receive as much blessing as the residents. This week Pam Mitchell gave a very touching message on her early remembrances of Thanksgiving which resonated with each of us.
Today in our church there is a continuing and growing commitment to the Mobile Loaves and Fishes program. Our members deliver meals to those households that are unable to enjoy a good meal. The Men’s Breakfast Group is discussing the expansion of this initiative by participating in The Lake Travis Lion’s Club Mobile Meals Project.
Your Mission Team has been diligently working on plans for next year’s mission projects based on input from you, the congregation. In late January or February our team will make a presentation of its discussions and will make recommendations for several new mission projects.
There are many opportunities for each of us to be part of stewardship activities in our church I hope you have looked over the list of ideas where we could use your talents including worship, hospitality and Congregational care, mission and outreach, adult ministries, property maintenance and upkeep, service to the church outside PCLT and other areas where we can use your special skills.
Also included in your packet is an estimate of giving card for 2017. As the introductory letter said stewardship is the need of the giver to give; not the need of the congregation to receive. We all know how good it feels to give. Some have even said it is the best reason for living as it adds meaning to life.
We have all been part of stewardship campaigns in the past. Today we are not going to flood you with budgetary figures. Rather, we are asking everyone to prayerfully consider your financial commitment to our church so that our leadership can develop a well-thought-out program for next year.
This is an is an exciting time for our church. God has placed us in this unique location so that He can reach a rapidly growing community with the time, talent and funds that we provide.
A Word from Luci Temple:
Hi PCLT members and visitors,
I would like to share with everyone my experience with PCLT and why when I first attended this worship group I felt like I had immediately found my “spiritual” home. Many of us had attended other churches in the past and for one reason or another continued to search for a place more accepting and more in line with our vision of what a church could provide not only to it’s members but the community in which it chose to serve. From the first service I attended I was struck by the warmth and sincerity of the members I met at PCLT. Other churches I had attended (some for many years) felt cold and indifferent, it difficult to find a place where I felt accepted. PCLT’s main focus was “Mission”, at least that was what I discerned at the time and there were plenty of opportunities for me to “serve” the community, from Habitat for Humanity lunches, Welcome Home Baskets, Angel Trees, Blessing Bags, Mobil Loaves and Fishes to Bee Cave Elementary Teachers Appreciation Lunches. I joined the Mission Committee and enjoyed my time working with Boots and Carolyn, and was challenged to take on the role of coordinator for Mobil Loaves and Fish.
As many of you know I have been volunteering for Mobil Loaves and Fish for close to 6 years and it is a cause that I dearly love. In the past few years a solid team has developed that serve on a monthly basis, it includes Steve Wilkinson, Carl Smith, Kim Milikan and Scott Pierson. From this initial group a second group has formed to serve our local Lakeway/Bee Cave community, which I was thrilled to hear about. For those of you unfamiliar with MLF, it is an organization that helps deliver food to the homeless, but more than that they are working to also provide permanent homes for the homeless with their “Community First” housing project.
As we continue our quest to determine how PCLT is to serve in our community locally and globally I know that through prayer, determination and our leaders, the perfect opportunities will open to us.
Thank you for all the support you have provided for the many mission opportunities that PCLT presents to us.
A Word from Nancy Boenitz:
It’s Stewardship time again, but I’m not going to stand up here and give you a bunch of statistical information about what our offering was last year, what our expenses were – this is not the time for that because that’s really not what Stewardship is all about. It’s not about dollars and cents or the needs of the congregation.
I have many questions asked about what “10%” means – is it pre-tax, after tax, does it include my deductions; do I have to include All of my income – well that’s not the point.
We’ve all heard many Moments for Stewardship over the years. I remember one where a woman stood up and held up a sign with the number “10” on it. She told us she was going to lose 10 pounds next year, but with encouragement (and up came another sign), she was going to lose 12 pounds. Well that was all very sweet, but I don’t know what it had to do with Stewardship.
So, what is Stewardship? The root meaning of the biblical word for Stewardship is: the management of a household, usually on behalf of someone else.
So, what does that mean for us? It means we are not owner’s of our God given time, our God given talents and our God given treasurers. We are merely trustees of God’s generous gifts to us. All we have, all we are and all we do is a gift from God. As Christians we believe it is our honor and duty to give back and share these God given gifts with the community, with the world.
Stewardship is Ministry
Stewardship is Service – our primary call as Christians is Outreach.
The Mission and Outreach core team has spent many months prayerfully discussing what mission looks like for our PCLT family. We’ve discussed the difference between merely doing mission and being missional. Many of us spent a large part of Saturday discussing these very same things.
Stewardship is about the need of the giver to give – NOT the needs of the congregation to receive. We all know how good it feels to give. Whether it is delivering communion to the homebound on World Communion Sunday; or riding in the truck with Mobile Loaves and Fishes; or worshipping with the folks over at Silverado. We all know the joy that comes from reaching out and serving the community.
God has given us the Faith to share our resources. He asks for our commitment to Jesus Christ through this sharing. When giving comes from the heart we become good stewards of our God given time, our God given talents and our God given treasurers.
Next week you will be receiving a packet that will include two forms. The first is a “Time and Talent Form”. This is an inventory of the talents you would like to share with this congregation, this community. The second is an “Estimate of Giving” form. And, it is just that, an estimate. We know that things change during the course of a year, whether for good or for bad and the amount you estimate to give may change. And, that is okay.
Over the next few weeks please prayerfully consider where your Faith is, where your commitment is, to estimate what God is calling you to give to be a good Steward of your God given gifts.