ESC NEWS February 2017

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Register today for Generosity NOW      

April 25-27, 2017
Calvary Baptist Church
Washington, DC

Generosity NOW: Stewardship Fusion 2 takes place April 25-27, 2017 in 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.

This year's Generosity NOW plenary speakers reside in Washington, DC and are from the Lewis Center for Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, and the Faith and Money Network. Along with these excellent plenary sessions, attendees will choose from 18 different workshops from three tracks: Faithful Stewardship, Leadership, and Generous Giving.

Registration for Generosity NOW is just $299.00 and includes a pre-conference reception at the Hilton Garden Inn Reagan National Airport on Tuesday evening, April 25, and lunch on Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27 at the conference site.

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 18: the Tuesday after Easter. Register today!

Learn more about Generosity NOW

View the ESC Stewardship Network Calendar

Register today for the Stewardship & Financial Health Online Course 

There's still time to register for the Stewardship & Financial Health online course. The course begins February 13. Rev. Bruce Barkhauer is the instructor. In this course, you will learn ten economic principles to guide you in building the capacity for generosity, how to construct a household budget, and examine your relationship with money, gain a biblical foundation for why personal finance matters in the life of an individual (or family system), and acquire tools that will lower anxiety and increase the capacity for generosity.

Stewardship & Financial Health is part of the six-course Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission series co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and Transformingthechurch.org. They include audiographic sessions, readings, and real-time conference calls. CEUs are available. The registration fee is just $49.95.

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COMPASS Live Chat: Money, Marriage, and Millennials: Meaningful Conversations

For Millennial couples, the money conversation script is changing. Join staff from brightpeak financial to chat about money realities for Millennial couples and the resources that can help you have meaningful money conversations.

Monday, February 20
8:00 p.m. Eastern time
7:00 p.m. Central time
6:00 p.m. Mountain time
5:00 p.m. Pacific time

There's no need to pre-register for this free Live Chat. Just click on the link below on February 20 to join the Chat.

https://stewardshipresources.adobeconnect.com/compasschat217/

Visit the COMPASS Live Chat Library

February Author Chat Features Chick Lane and Grace Duddy Pomroy

Grace and Chick are co-authors of Embracing Stewardship: How to put stewardship at the heart of your congregation's life. The book digs into the heart of stewardship by defining it as an essential spiritual discipline. Perspectives from two generations offer a mixture of tried-and-true strategies and new approaches that help faith communities and their leaders become confident, competent, generous stewards.

Join us on:
Tuesday, February 21
8:00 p.m. Eastern time
7:00 p.m. Central time
6:00 p.m. Mountain time
5:00 p.m. Pacific time

There's no need to pre-register for this free Live Chat. Just click on this link on February 21 to join the chat:

https://stewardshipresources.adobeconnect.com/authorchat217/

Visit the Author Chat Library

Featured Resource: Wrapped in God's Love

The Wrapped in God's Love digital resource helps congregations plant seeds of faith and grow generous hearts in children and youth through several milestone celebrations in their lives. It includes a bibliography of stewardship resources especially for children and youth. Purchase of this resource includes permission to copy and distribute materials as needed for your congregation. Discounts are available for multiple-copy purchases.

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Stewardship Story: Love and Faithfulness

The most valuable thing that we as human beings possess is trust or faithfulness between persons. This is also our most fragile possession. The NIV rendering of 1 Corinthians 4:2 is "Those who have been given a trust must prove faithful." We might define faithfulness as "love that lasts," that can survive tests and difficulties.

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