October 24, 2017
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Dear Friend in Christ,
I greet you in the name of our risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
With excitement, I write this letter to tell you about the stewardship program that we will begin on Sunday, October 29, 2017 entitled Living Each Day as a Steward! During this three-week program, our worship services will focus on the work of the Holy Spirit through Word and Sacrament as he teaches us how to live each day as stewards.
We will use God’s Holy Word to discover more about who we are as God’s people, what God’s purpose is for our lives, and how we can live each and every day as stewards rather than limiting stewardship to one day a week or one period of time during the church year.
This theme is particularly suited for us as we begin our Covenant Time together. We are stewards of the gift that is Christ Church, Ithan, our people, our buildings, our mission and our resources. We hold all of it in trust for a generous God who has blessed us abundantly. Each of us has a responsibility to share our time, talent and resources to grow God’s Kingdom through our beloved Church’s mission. May these few weeks give us pause to reflect on our contribution as stewards and seriously consider a lifestyle of stewardship that places God and his call to service as a priority for our lives together.
Commitment Sunday will be November 12, 2017. You will be asked on that day to make a financial commitment to the Lord’s work through our church for the coming year – 2018. Your support enables the work of the Lord to get done day after day through our church. Please bring the enclosed commitment form to church with you on Commitment Sunday.
God’s blessings on your continued faithful stewardship of the blessings God has entrusted to your care.
Your servant in Christ,
The Rev. John W. Sosnowski