The 2019 Stewardship campaign officially begins on Sunday, October 13 with an invitation for members of this congregation to prayerfully consider a financial commitment to Bethlehem’s mission and ministry for 2020. Watch for materials to arrive in the mail. Your pledge helps leadership prioritize the work we’re called to do. But here’s the thing: stewardship isn’t a one-time event or a seasonal campaign about money. It’s an ongoing spiritual practice that is never done. It’s a practice that starts from and is always centered in love. Stewardship tends to how we shepherd the whole of our lives in order to be expressions of gospel love in the world.
In nearly everything we do, we count the cost. How much will this cost me? How much time do you need? How much will this hurt? How much? But there are some times and more often some relationships where we don’t count, where we don’t worry about running out or having enough. Christ’s gospel calls for an alternative way of being in the world that places love at the center.
In 1 John we read: “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him…Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”
Love changes everything. Let’s commit to making that our starting point for stewardship this year and God only knows what we might be able to accomplish together!
You can make the commitment yourself, online through your Realm account or fill out the commitment card that will be arriving in the mail.