I know many of you are thinking, ”Wait a minute, this isn’t November! Why are we talking about stewardship?” Well, if you read the report in the spring newsletter, you would know that our committee is adopting a year-round approach to stewardship and what it means to our church.
Stewardship. What do you think of when you see that word? Most of us immediately think of money. We think of the time in the fall when we are called to fill out our pledge forms and make a financial commitment for the coming year. We all need to become more aware, however, that stewardship is more than money. Stewardship is how we live out our calling as followers of Christ. Stewardship demonstrates our gratitude for all that God has given us. Stewardship is what we do after we say that we believe.
In our lives as Stewards, the gifts we offer — time, talent and financial resources — are holy gifts. And when we speak of giving as an expression of thanksgiving for all that we have received, we are on solid biblical footing. In 1 Peter 4:10 the Bible says, “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you.” This principle is certainly being demonstrated at Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church.
Since the beginning of 2017, PCPC has worked to use the gifts that you as a congregation have given. Not just financial gifts, but also the gift of your time that has been used to introduce people to Christ and to spread the love of Christ — not just in our community, but around the world.
- Since January, we’ve sent a team of 15 people to Haiti to provide medical care for some of the poorest people in the world.
- We have provided quality Christian education for children and adults.
- We collected food for families at the Beth-El Farmworker Ministry.
- The Presbyterian Woman have shared faith and fellowship through a study entitled “Who is Jesus?”
- We welcomed 12 new young people into the church as they completed the confirmation class.
- The One Great Hour of Sharing gifts will be split between the Mission team going to Honduras this fall and the PCUSA Disaster Assistance Mission which fights poverty and hunger around the world.
- We have had our worship services enhanced by the beautiful music the choir provides.
- We have been able to worship in a building that is clean, comfortable and safe with a staff that works tirelessly to help each member grow in their faith and have a positive worship experience.
And this is just a sampling of the great things that have happened through your time and generosity.
As summer approaches, please consider how you can continue to support the mission of PCPC — whether it is with your time or financial resources.