Marcia Shetler's blog

Living Generously Begins With Trust

The Ecumenical Stewardship Center produces resources to help congregations encourage faithful generosity. Our Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine and complementary materials focus on a different biblical theme each year. In 2017, that theme is Live Generously with focus Scripture texts of 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and 2 Corinthians 8:9.

Money, Marriage, and Millennials: Significant Relationships, Important Roles, Meaningful Conversations

Ah, February! The shortest month of the year. The time when begin to believe that spring might be right around the corner. And when there is a day designated to celebrate and appreciate the significant others in our lives.

Enough: A Faith Connection

Jesus talks about the intimacy our hearts have with our treasure before he gets to reminding us not to worry. He encourages us not to store up stuff that that breaks, rusts, wears out and can be stolen. In other words, any stuff stored up is what captures our hearts and becomes what we love. It can take us away from what God intended in the good creation as abundance for all. Rather it becomes scarcity for ourselves.

Enough Already!

Enough is an interesting word. Sometimes we use it to express a sense of satisfaction, and other times to declare our annoyance. In North America, though, when it comes to money, sometimes we find it hard to say “enough”. Our consumeristic culture entices us to always want more, and we get caught in financial traps that leave us with more obligations than resources to pay for them. How do we find our enough?

Conquering Debt

It’s been almost 80 years since the Disney movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs made its first appearance on the silver screen. Many young adults' grandparents might have been their age when they first saw it. The song of the Seven Dwarfs has had staying power and is familiar to every generation that has seen the movie since its first release: Heigh ho, Heigh ho, it’s off to work we go (I know, now you’re singing it in your head).

A Word to All Graduates

Congratulations, graduates! You have studied and grown, and are now ready to be sent out or start new chapters. For some of you, this may mean your first full-time adventure in the working world. For others of you, this may mean moving cross-country. For others, it may mean the transition from one school and degree to another and further study.