- Pray regularly for spiritual guidance and success for the chosen priorities of the Stewardship Ministry Board
- Be an example of a good steward of time, talent and treasures as able. And, be an example of growth as a good steward.
- Attend all called meetings of the Stewardship Ministry Board
- Participate in the establishment of possible goals and priorities for the Board
- Assist in choosing the top 3-5 priorities for the Stewardship Ministry 3-Year Plan
- Accept leadership role in one or two of the priority projects for the 3-Year Plan
STEWARDSHIP TEAM MEMBERS
John Paul Massa – “A Time to Tithe” Project
Anthony Grizzaffi – Stewardship to the Community Projects
Susan Stakes – Ministry Fair Project
Stephanie Frye – The Wish Board Project
Why Give? Every dollar has to be donated.
Every donation comes from the heart.
What and how we give is a spiritual matter!
Loved by God we act on this love in how we live. Loved by God we seek to live lives reflecting God’s values and purposes for us and for the world. One of the vital ways we do this is through giving to the Church – the body of Christ.
The Church lives to do ministry for the world in Jesus name. This makes the ministry of the Church different from other organizations.
First Lutheran Church, Galveston receives donations from members and non-members with thanksgiving. These donations are cherished and accounted for carefully. A general donation to First Lutheran Church serves in many ways to fund the mission and work of God’s kingdom. Consider the following that are provided through general donations: Communion wafers and wine; Electric for lights, air conditioning and more; salaries for staff working for the church; materials for faith formation; supplies for fellowship; funds for wind storm and flood insurance; and the list goes on! All the pieces and parts that make up the budget for the ministries of this congregation. The reality is that ministry costs – and the generosity of the congregation supplies this need.
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Video on Tithing
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A Generous Life: What is the legacy of your life? Is Generosity one of those legacy traits?
In a TED talk entitled “How to Buy Happiness”, Michael Norton explores how money can buy happiness – when you spend it on others rather than yourself! People like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates has discovered the joy of giving.
How about you?
The scriptures tell us the Lord loves a joyful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). The prime example of a joyful giver is Jesus Christ. Jesus set aside his riches for the sake of all of humanity. He set aside his divine glory so as to give up his life for the sake of sinners. This he did willingly and on purpose. He did this out of pure love. Our lives as recipients of this love are drawn to follow his example. Generosity is a hallmark of the followers of Jesus.
Generosity applies to all parts of our lives – to the words we use and the use of time. But it also include our finances. How we use or misuse money reflects our life with Christ. Being generous with our money is an act of worship and praise to God. Providing for the needs of the saints is a way of life… a generous and joyful way of life.
We are invited to grow into this more and more. Calculate at what percentage you are giving.
Your annual giving amount divided by Your annual NET or Gross =
Multiply this by 100 and you have your annual percentage rate of giving.
The Scripture speaks of a tithe – 10% as a wholesome and worthy goal. Can you begin to move to a tithe? Can you exceed a tithe?
How can and will you be generous?
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Unit Giving – My Share and Beyond: What is my fair share?
This is perhaps an unfair a question. But still it is asked. As of July of 2016, First Lutheran Church has 199 giving units (individuals or families that make donations). The annual budget is $606,668 for 2016. There for if the budget were simply divided by the number of giving unites it would mean that each giving unit would need to give $3,049 for 2016 to meet the budget.
However, not all are equal financially! The real answer to the question is another question: what is your fair share to give to God’s mission through the church based on your income and wealth?
If we each approach our giving in this way, we will undoubtedly as a congregation receive more than what is needed for the budget and we will be able to begin and implement more ministries to assist in proclaiming the Gospel, reaching the hungry and lost, supporting the widows and orphans, speaking the truth in love. Isn’t this what we really want to be about?
Join in being generous! Start today with prayer and move to action through on line giving, planned giving or writing a check!