Your Money GPS: Do You Know Where You Are?

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During November 2016, COMPASS focused on “Your Money GPS: Do You Know Where You Are?” including the live chat with Matt Bell. Set a good financial direction through an understanding of budgeting. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Jessica Zakavec, Devon Matthews, and Timothy Siburg as well as resources. Monthly Blog Posts: Conquering Debt by Marcia Shetler 5 Practical Applications for Overcoming Debt by Jessica Zakavec Reducing College Debt: a Group Ride. A Community Slides Toward Lower Education Loans by Devon Matthews New Engine, New Tires & Luke – Faith in the Face of Debt COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Matt Bell on 19 December 2016, 8:00pm. Resources Practical Money Skills for Life website Making Change video series published by 9 Canadian faith and financial organizations
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ESC NEWS December 2016

ESC NEWS December 2016

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Plan NOW to attend Generosity NOW        April 25-27, 2017 Calvary Baptist Church Washington, DC Generosity NOW, formerly the North American Conference on Christian Philanthropy, has been a premiere Ecumenical Stewardship Center event for decades. Laypersons, pastors, and judicatory and denominational staff who attend Generosity NOW increase their knowledge about spiritual principles and best practices relating to faithful stewardship and generous giving through plenary sessions, workshops, and worship. Generosity NOW plenary speakers will be Dr. Lovett H. Weems, Jr., and Dr. Ann A. Michel from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary. The Lewis Center for Church Leadership provides numerous resources, information, and strategies for forward-thinking church leaders. Mark your calendars now: online registration opens in January 2017. View the ESC Stewardship Network Calendar COMPASS Live Chat: Your…
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Celebrate Happier Holidays by Getting Off the Consumer Escalator

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Take the stress out of the holidays with financially-sound suggestions. During November 2016, COMPASS focused on “Getting Off the Consumer Escalator,” including the live chat "Happier Holidays" with Darryl Dahlheimer. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Matt DeBall, John Withum and Timothy Siburg. Monthly Blog Posts: Happier Holidays: Getting Off the Consumer Escalator by Marcia Shetler Seven Suggestions for Gift Giving by Matt DeBall Reconsidering Consumerism by John Withum Returning to “Why,” in Hopes of Getting Off the Consumer Escalator by Timothy Siburg COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Darryl Dahlheimer on 16 November 2016, 8:00pm "Happier Holidays"
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Find Your Enough

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Consider how God’s blessing and provision are sufficient for you and the world. During October 2016, COMPASS focused on “Finding Your Enough,” including the live chat with Darryl Dahlheimer. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Timothy Siburg, and Dori Zerbe Cornelsen. Monthly Blog Posts: Enough Already! by Marcia Shetler Finding Your Enough: Some Practical Suggestions by Marcia Shetler Finding Your Enough: A Personal Reflection by Timothy Siburg Enough: a faith Connection by Dori Zerbe Cornelsen COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Shane Claiborne on 19 October 2016, 7:58pm.
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ESC NEWS November 2016

ESC NEWS November 2016

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The message of Christian Stewardship matters to the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and its partners. Does it matter to you? Help share the message by giving a gift to ESC today. ESC November Office Hours Due to staff transitions in the ESC Office, please note these office hours for the month of November: Monday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Thursday: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Friday: 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. All times are Eastern time. Our goal is to continue to serve you in a prompt and helpful manner. Thank you in advance for your patience! Just 2 weeks left to register for Generosity NEXT  November 30 - December 2, 2016 Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Coral Gables, Florida…
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Fearless Giving

Fearless Giving

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Many people today are afraid to give because they fear that they will outlive their resources. A few years ago, an eighty-year-old woman with assets in the multimillion-dollar range was asked to make a six-figure gift to a ministry. She declined, stating that she did not want to make such a large commitment at her age because she did not know if she would outlive her financial assets. Interestingly, the widow that Jesus speaks of in Luke 21:1-4 knew exactly how much she had to live on. We do not know her age, but we do know that she gave 100 percent of her financial assets. She knew doing so would immediately put her in a situation where she was then outliving her resources. But she gave anyway! If we…
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ESC NEWS October 2016

ESC NEWS October 2016

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There's still time for a 2016 Congregational Stewardship Emphasis An annual focus on congregational stewardship can provide the foundation for creating an ongoing culture of generosity in your congregation. It allows you to highlight your ministry, celebrate supporting that ministry in community, and affirm your call to provide a Christian witness in your neighborhood and in the world. The Ecumenical Stewardship Center provides 18 different biblically-based stewardship emphasis themes. Review them all in the ESC web store. Visit the web store Just 6 weeks left to register for Generosity NEXT November 30 - December 2, 2016 Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ Coral Gables, Florida • Outstanding leaders from the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving: David King and Melissa Spas • Five excellent conversations that will change the…
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New Engine, New Tires & Luke – Faith in the face of debt

New Engine, New Tires & Luke – Faith in the face of debt

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Student loans? Broken down cars? How am I ever going to pay this off? Those are some pretty normal reactions to debt. What strikes me though as I think about these questions, is a reminder of the way God is present even in the face of our stress, uncertainty, doubt, and fear, all of which can surface when thinking about money and debt. The Gospel of Luke is full of stories and parables from Jesus about money, wealth, poverty, and debt. For example, there is the confusing parable of the Dishonest Manager found in Luke 16:1-13. In this story we hear of a manager who has been called to account for his business. In the face of what sounds like the manager’s certain firing, he goes about reducing the amount…
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Registration Opens for Theological Principles of Stewardship Online Course

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Registration is now open for the Theological Principles of Stewardship online course that begins October 30. Theological Principles of Stewardship is jointly offered by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center (ESC) and transformingthechurch.org. The Rev. Scott Jacob is the instructor. Theological Principles of Stewardship features four video lessons that students can view at their convenience, and three live conference calls on November 1, 15, and 22 at 6:00 p.m. Central time. .7 CEUs are available. This course focuses on developing or defining the student’s understanding of the theological principles of their stewardship practices. In the stewardship ministries or programs of our congregations, we use various biblical passages and references that speak to our need to be good, intentional stewards. Some of those biblical references are universal. Others may be more unique to…
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Conquer Your Debt

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During September 2016, COMPASS focused on “Conquering Your Debt: the Overlooked Key to Faith and Finances,” including the live chat with Darryl Dahlheimer. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Jessica Zakavec, Devon Matthews, and Timothy Siburg. Monthly Blog Posts: Conquering Debt by Marcia Shetler 5 Practical Applications for Overcoming Debt by Jessica Zakavec Reducing College Debt: a Group Ride. A Community Slides Toward Lower Education Loans. by Devon Matthews New Engine, New Tires & Luke – Faith in the Face of Debt COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Darryl Dahlheimer on 28 September 2016, 8:04pm.
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