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Stewardship - Evangelism Committee

Our goal as a Committee is to help God's people grow in their relationship with Jesus through the use of the time, talents, and finances God has entrusted to them. We always welcome new ideas and new members.  Come join us.  We are an active, goal oriented, and forward looking Committee. Some of our projects have included:

Church directory - Newsletter and weekly bulletin formats

Monthly Dinner Outs - Movie Nights - Coffees - Lenten Gatherings

Easter Breakfasts -All Daughter’s Spring Tea - Church Picnic

First We Give of Ourselves
This fall, our family here at English Lutheran Church embarks on a three-year journey that we are calling “First We Give of Ourselves” Together, we will explore discipleship and how we can grow in sharing gifts for ministry. “Giving” is a faith practice and a mark of our discipleship as God’s people in Christ. Over the next three years, we at English Lutheran Church will talk together about what it means to “give of ourselves”, how this faith practice relates to growing in discipleship, and what this can mean for ministry in our personal lives and that of our congregation. Starting this fall, our emphasis will be “Giving in Grace”. Next fall, we turn to part two of “First We Give of Ourselves” and the center of our attention will be a conversation of “Giving in Gratitude”. Then in the fall of our third year (2019), we will conclude our journey with a focus on “Giving in Generosity”. This promises to be a meaningful journey for the family of English Lutheran Church. Plan to walk with us.

Sunday, September 17th, will be our Kick-Off Sunday with emphasis on “First We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Grace”. We will explore the life transforming gift of God’s grace, the joy of living in this gift, and the delight of sharing gifts in grace.

One of the key components of our three-year journey will be an “all congregation” Bible Study. This fall, we will have a four-week Bible Study entitled “Giving in Grace”. The entire congregation is invited to take part in this faith growing opportunity. The first Bible Study will be September 24th following worship. We will be meeting in Upper Bassler.  Light refreshments and beverages will be provided.

Join our walk as we grow and give of ourselves in God’s grace!

September 24:    "The Gift of God’s Grace” Romans 3:21-24
In this passage from Romans, the Apostle Paul lays out the cornerstone of God’s great love for us. That cornerstone is Christ and God’s rich, abundant, and free gift of grace in Jesus Christ. As Paul tells us, each of us are sinful and in need of this life giving grace. Through faith, we receive the greatest gift we could ever receive, God’s grace. It is this grace, in and through Christ, which brings each of us forgiveness and life. Grace lies at the foundation of God’s relationship with us and informs how we are to live as God’s people each day. Stewardship is our faithful, joyful, and thankful response as we delight in this rich gift of God’s grace.

October 1:            "We Give of Ourselves” 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
In this passage of Scripture, The Apostle Paul writes of what we might call the first “world hunger” offering. In the passage from 2 Corinthians 8, Paul commends to the church at Corinth, the Macedonian Christians who, despite their own trials, shared a grace filled offering for God’s people in Jerusalem. As Paul speaks of this gift from the Macedonians, he uses descriptive terms such as “the grace of God”, “abundant joy”, “and wealth of generosity”, and others. But the most interesting description of the Macedonian giving is the phrase found in verse 5 of this text. Paul says this about the Macedonians offering: “and this, not merely as we expected; they gave themselves first to the Lord…” 2 Cor. 8:5.Giving of oneself is set out by Paul as the spiritual understanding of our grace filled giving. Our giving is more than what is in our pocket book at any given moment. Giving in grace is a life filled response to God’s grace in Christ. It is the joy and delight in the giving of oneself in response to God’s rich and abundant gift of grace. This is the measure of grace filled stewardship.

October 8:          "Giving in Grace” Luke 10:25-37
In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus provides a compelling example of “giving in grace”. The story relates the experience of a man on a journey who was beaten, robbed, and left beside the road. We are told that three people came upon this man and his suffering, a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan. The priest and Levite passed the man by while the Samaritan came to his aid and did all that he could to care for the man including making provisions for recuperative care. From this experience, Jesus asks the question, “Which of these three do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?” The answer given was, “The one who showed him mercy.” To this Jesus tell us, “Go and do likewise.”

October 15:          "Giving in Grace” Luke 15:11-32
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is a story of grace and the joy of sharing the gift of grace. Luke shares this story first to illustrate the completeness of God’s grace in Christ. It is a gift that is not limited in any way by the bounds or barriers that we are so inclined to erect in life. Secondly, the grace given by the father to the prodigal and his brother, has the same characteristic of grace we receive from God in Christ. It is a grace that fully encompasses us as individuals and celebrates our being a child of God no matter the circumstances. Such is the abundant and rich grace of God. Thirdly, this is the grace in which God’s people live each day. It is a grace that is life giving and full of surprises. This is the great gift of God in which we live our lives.   Christian stewardship can be defined as “how we, as people of God, walk in the midst of this abundant grace each day.” In other words, the question for us is, “How do we share the joy of this gift in our own giving of grace by what we do and say in life?”. The answer to this is how we live a “grace-full” life of stewardship.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee is looking for additional offering counters. Please see Rose Schuring. The weekly offering is counted and tallied after service. 
2018 Giving Envelopes are available for pick-up in the church library. Please let the office know if you are unable to pick yours up so we can make arrangements to have them delivered.

Fellowship Committee

The Fellowship Committee sponsors Coffee and Conversation following worship, Family Movie Nights, Luncheons and other fellowship activities.  Want to help?  Please see Rose Schuring or Karen Greenawalt.

Thank you to everyone who provided food for the Harvest Luncheon following the Annual Congregational Meeting.  We enjoyed great food, shared notes of thanks.