Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS: Generosity NEXT 2019 Focuses on the Offering

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS: Generosity NEXT 2019 Focuses on the Offering

Generosity NEXT, Newsletter, Resources
Attend the Generosity NEXT Seminar: Spirited Generosity - Offering Vitality in the 21st Century Spirited Generosity: Offering Vitality in the 21st Century is the topic for Generosity NEXT 2019, November 20-21, 2019 at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Atlanta, Georgia. Receiving offerings has been an ongoing part of the church's story, beginning with the earliest scripture texts. Generosity NEXT will explore the history and theology of the offering, its spiritual significance, and how faith communities can continue to make congregational giving a vital practice in 21st-century culture. Dr. L. Edward Phillips, Associate Professor of Worship and Liturgical Theology at Candler School of Theology, will present an historical and theological review of the offering in Judeo/Christian culture. Melvin Amerson, Stewardship Consultant for the Texas Methodist Foundation, will give a presentation…
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New Issue of Giving Magazine Focuses on Stewardship and Relationships

New Issue of Giving Magazine Focuses on Stewardship and Relationships

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The newest issue of the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation Magazine focuses on the connection between stewardship and relationships. Many North Americans view stewardship of their resources as a complex matter. However, the task of stewarding relationships can be just as challenging. Biblical texts speak plainly about what our discipleship should look like regarding our generosity and our relationships, including one of the most well-known: “If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing” (1 Cor. 13:3). Giving Magazine volume 21, no. 2 writers are from a variety of Christian denominations and represent decades of study and experience. Their articles provide thoughtful, practical, and inspirational content about a rich tapestry…
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Stu Bear Children’s Book Now Available

Stu Bear Children’s Book Now Available

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The Ecumenical Stewardship Center is pleased to announce that the book Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children has been republished. Loveable Stu Bear was created by the Presbyterian Church USA to teach younger children about stewardship. Recently the Ecumenical Stewardship Center received permission to reprint Stu Bear resources and create new ones using Stu Bear. Stu Bear: A Story about Stewardship for Young Children is an adorable, full-color book in which Stu Bear learns about stewardship from young children as he accompanies them at home, at church, and in the community. Order today in the Ecumenical Stewardship Center web store.
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New Resource: 40 Words of Generosity Graphic

New Resource: 40 Words of Generosity Graphic

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Stretch your imagination about faithful generosity with this colorful 40 words of generosity graphic, available in 6’ x 4’ banner size, 3’ x 2’ poster size, 7” x 5” for use in print applications, and 3” x 2” size for use in digital applications. Purchase individually or as a bundle. Find them here on the ESC website.
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New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

New Resources Feature Live Courageously Theme

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Live Courageously, based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19 and Psalm 31:24, is the theme for new stewardship resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Live Courageously is the fourth in a four-year series featuring the 1 Timothy text. Others are Live Free, Live Simply, and Live Generously. Ecumenical Stewardship Center resources provide a creative, comprehensive, and thought-provoking approach to encourage generous giving and faithful stewardship. Now in its twentieth year, the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine has become a premier stewardship resource for faith communities throughout the US and Canada. Each issue is packed with resources to support stewardship in the local church. Articles explore the intersection of faith and giving, offer practical information on Christian stewardship for all generations, and critique the newest resources on stewardship. Giving…
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End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

End of Life Stewardship Resources from Everence

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Thinking about and intentionally planning for life’s ending journey can also be a time of powerful acts of love and stewardship. Everence’s End-of-Life Curriculum offers ideas about how we can think about this transition from our time in this world. Topics include: The benefits of planning well Tame and wild dying Advance care: plan for a peaceful departure What to do with my body Necessary family conversations Making your wishes known Two new videos called Giving moments of grace have been added to the resources. They illustrate how much a man’s end-of-life planning meant to his family. Everence is a partner with the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, representing Mennonite Church USA.
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