Stewardship

The beauty of the hills! God’s Creation is our inheritance!

The church is the place to meet, to worship, and to learn how to serve! God’s Will needs to be done!

1 Peter 1:5 – You are kept by the power of God!
1 Peter 4:7-11 – Serving for God’s Glory!
2 Corinthians 13 and Philippians 4:8 – Be a reflector of God’s Light!

Help us share the word and do God’s Will to all we meet!

Called to be Stewards of God’s Creation

In Genesis Chapters 1 and 2, God created a Masterpiece. This masterpiece was us and everything in the universe. He gave us dominion over all of his creation. Even more, he gave us the power and freedom of choice! As we walk or even as we sit and revel in the beauty of the Earth (the change in seasons, the wildlife, the life cycle, etc.), let us give Praise to God! Let us express this praise with appreciation and encourage others to see this beauty. Praise God for giving us the ability to serve and love with a purpose! Set aside time today, and also throughout the year, to discuss with your family (of all ages) how we can offer gifts, time, and talents to thank God for his gifts of Freedom and Creation (Psalm 19:1 and Psalm 8 – Enjoy the gifts of God)!

We are in charge of taking care of all of God’s Creation (Biotic and Abiotic).
We, the children of God and the members of His Family, are part of an ongoing cycle of life. All of God’s creation are intertwined and need certain items to survive (Sun, Water, Soil, Air, Shelter, Relationships, etc.). We have been called to be Stewards of all Creation. We have been called to be the Gardener, the Caretaker, the Servant, and a Witness for God, to all we meet (Psalm 14:1 and Psalm 19 – The gifts of God, for the children of God! Believe in his wisdom and trust in his goodness, keep the Faith)!

God has spoken and He is still speaking! The question is, “Are we still listening?” We have been given a Masterpiece to manage. We have been given time, talents, and abilities to maintain and improve the work of the Master. His investment is great and we cannot let him down. We must rise and have high expectations, to meet and exceed the challenges of being the hands of God on Earth (Genesis 18:14 and Psalm 91 – You ask this question, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Sarah laughed). You need to have Faith and the Lord will provide)!

We have been called to be on a Mission for God in spreading his word to do the Day’s Work, to do what God wants us to do, and to do it well! God will be with you always (Ezra 7:23 and Psalm 1)! We have been called to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:16-20). This may seem like a huge task and the journey we are on to accomplish this may seem difficult. So, let us stop and reflect, catch our breath, and pray (Romans 8:34-39 and Philippians 4:13 –The Power of Prayer will be your strength for the journey)! What do each of us have to offer (the talents and abilities stored on our unique DNA molecule) to help God? Because of this DNA molecule, we have diversity, we each can contribute in our own special way, and this will fulfill God’s Mission. Interdependence is everything on Earth needs everything else to survive and grow. So, let us help God’s Creation to grow and flourish!

This Journey has choices and we need to remain Strong and United (Joshua 1:1-9 – Be strong and of good courage, for your Lord is with you wherever you go)! We need to do all of God’s work with Love and Appreciation (Matthew 7:1-14 – The Golden Rule)! We need to stop and smell the roses from time to time (Matthew 11:28-30 and Psalm 23 – He gives you rest for your soul)! God has spoken! Life has two paths and Life is what you make of it (I Samuel 26:21 and 2 Timothy 4:1-8). God says, “Keep on living by the standard, which you know is right (Habakkuk 2)!”

This Little Light of Mine, I’m Going to Let It Shine, Let it Shine All the Time! Let us keep the light shining for all to see. Let us be a cheerful giver! God is your guiding hand and your assurance of forgiveness and grace (Revelation 19:6 and Psalm 29)! Peace be with you and may the Love of God be your guide (Micah 4:3 and John 14:15-31)!

Bless Be the Tie Which Binds!
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Glenwood, Iowa

Stewards of God’s Creation

Pledge

Name__________________________________________

Signature_______________________________________

Pledge_________________________

____Weekly ____Monthly ____Annually ____Other

Time-Talents – Please mark all areas you wish to help with on our Faith Journey!

_____Christian Education
_____Youth Sunday School (Pre-school to 1st Grade)
_____Youth Sunday School (2nd Grade to 5th Grade)
_____Youth Sunday School (Middle School/High School)
_____Confirmation
_____Adult Sunday School
_____Youth Group
_____Vacation Bible School
_____Bible Study
_____Youth Outings
_____Newsletter-The Church Crier
_____Fellowship Time (10:00 A.M. to 10:20 A.M. – Cornerstone)

_____Worship-Deacons
_____Pastoral Relations
_____Music Director (Youth and Adult)
_____Choir
_____Decorate Sanctuary
_____Greeter
_____Usher
_____Liturgist
_____Pulpit Supply-when Pastor is away
_____Light Candles
_____Share Talents (Sing, Play Musical Instruments, etc.)

_____Mission and Evangelism
_____Fellowship Opportunities (outside of Church Events)
_____Calling Tree
_____Future Planning (For the Church)
_____Outreach (To the Wider Community)
_____Present Current Topics of Interest to the Congregation and the Community

Dorcas-Women’s Group
_____Member Care
_____Help with Bazaar
_____Provide baked goods, crafts, or items for Bazaar
_____Help with meals for various events
_____Prepare a program for the group

Acts-Men’s Group
_____Assist in developing this group
_____Member Care
_____Prepare a program for the group

_____Memorial Committee

_____Building and Grounds-Trustees

_____Nominating Committee

_____Stewardship

_____Office
_____Help with Secretarial Work
_____Newsletter-Lamplighter
_____Bulletins
_____Library
_____Historian
_____Church Clerk

Please place this in the offering plate, or mail it to the following address:

First Congregational United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 349
Glenwood, Iowa 51534

Thanks for sharing your pledge, time, and talent to further the work of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Glenwood, Iowa. You good and faithful servant (Matthew 25:14-30 – Parable of the Talents)!

Amazing Grace!
First Congregational United Church of Christ
Glenwood, Iowa