Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS October 2017

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS October 2017

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Connect Stewardship and Current Culture at Generosity NEXT Generosity NEXT explores the connection between faithful stewardship, generous giving, and current culture. Participate onsite or via live streaming. Registration closes November 15. Learn more Bill Enright is October Author Chat Special Guest Join the ESC Author Chat with Bill Enright to discuss his latest book, Kitchen Table Giving: Reimagining How Congregations Connect with Their Donors on Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Noon Central time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. More October COMPASS Live Chat Features Financial Planning The ESC COMPASS Initiative connects young adults, faith, and finances. Join the COMPASS Live Chat about financial planning with special guest Jacqueline Painter from Everence on Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Noon Central time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain…
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Wrestling With the Power of Money

Wrestling With the Power of Money

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If we have wrestled at all with the power money exerts in our lives and the lives of our people, it should not surprise us when God comes asking us to reclaim the matter of money as a vital issue of faith. To guide those we love and serve into a mature and faithful relationship with money ...to connect its daily use with our theology and practice of faith ...to nurture generosity toward God and others: these could be our greatest gifts and our most sacred responsibilities. The church has truth that gives life; where else should our people turn? We can begin by engaging our own resistance to talking about money and giving. Not to overpower it by brute strength, but to discover what we will learn from it…
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ESC NEWS September 2017

ESC NEWS September 2017

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It's Not Too Late to Order Stewardship Resources It's not too late to order resources for your congregation's fall stewardship emphasis. Peruse our newest theme--Live Generously--and our other 18 themes in the ESC Web Store. Rebekah Basinger is September Author Chat Guest Join Rebekah Basinger, co-author of Growing Givers' Hearts: Fundraising as Ministry on September 27. More Register Today for Generosity NEXT Join the conversation about stewardship and current culture at Generosity NEXT, November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. We'll discuss "Stewardship and Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?" with keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder and Rev. Steve Manskar. More The Truth of What We Bring A person places a check or folded bills into the offering plate on Sunday morning. The usher sees the hand drop…
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The Truth of What We Bring

The Truth of What We Bring

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A person places a check or folded bills into the offering plate on Sunday morning. The usher sees the hand drop some money into the plate, but what that usher cannot see is the intention of the offering. That is known to no one but the giver and God. Yet the action is one of the most powerful events of the worship service. The offering is the point on Sunday morning when most people face the intersection between God’s grace and human gratitude. Are we willing to freely give, even if it means giving up money, which in our culture signifies power? Be it a tithe, a couple of one-dollar bills, or nothing at all, giving is an outward sign of our inner spiritual intentions. The offering is a unique…
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