Way back on October 14, our own Jen Froeschle gave a stewardship moment. Channeling David Letterman, she gave her top five reasons for giving to First Congregational United Church of Christ. Whether you heard her speak during worship or not, please take a minute to listen!
Here’s a transcript:
Good Morning!! Lots of you out there know me pretty well but maybe one thing that you don’t know about me is I hate to sell anything or to ask for money. It has made me uncomfortable since I was a Girl Scout in 3rd grade and asked to sell cookies. I bribed my sister to sell them for me because it was second nature for her and she loved it!
Ironically though church giving and stewardship has never been something that makes me squirm. In fact, seems like a bit of a no brainer when it comes to places to share your financial gifts and talents. Let me explain David Letterman style in top 5 reasons to give generously to your church.
God asks us to do so! Whether you believe in the Old Testament teachings of giving a tithe a word which comes from the old English meaning of 1/10th or if you are referring to one of the the other 800 times that money is mentioned in the Bible. Just because we are asked more than ever to give our resources to so many different places, it doesn’t make church giving any less important. Everything that we have comes from God and it our responsibility to give a portion back to his church and for the work of the church.
Matthew 6:21 says “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
That leads us to #2. Of all the places that ask you for our donations these days, how many of them give back to you as much as being a part of a church family like this? So many of us have our hearts here in this church community. What other place do we give money to you get so much back. I for one am way more fulfilled by Pastor Chris’s messages, weekly conversations with so many of you, and other programming in our church than by the address labels, notepads, pens, calendars, and greeting cards that we get from other worthy organizations.
Reason #3 and the least glamorous but certainly still important. Heat, Furnaces, Water, Air, Carpet, Water, Toilet Paper, and other necessities of the church and in a roundabout way Pastor Chris’s, Heat, Furnaces, Water, Air, Carpet, Water, Toilet Paper, and other necessities. Giving our talents and time is wonderful but without these things we cannot operate and pay our leadership and staff.
Reason #4. The wider mission of our church. Giving generously to our church includes supporting other missions that we support whether that be people in need here in DeWitt, our UCC’s greater missions or in other places around the country and world that folks from our church are touching lives. If we have enough money for our operating budget and expenses, it makes giving and supporting other missions easier.
And Lastly #5. We can and should do better. We can make it easier on ourselves and our leadership. Prayerfully consider increasing your financial gifts to our church this year. Consider joyfully giving more this year than you did last if that is something that you can’t make work maybe there is another talent or gift you can share with the church. They say the church is the people and people are the church. We need the church and our church need us to give so we can continue to be fulfilled spirituality and by all the awesomeness it has to offer.