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.

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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 way you view faith-based generosity: the altered landscape of religious giving, generosity as the key to renewal, donor-centered giving, growing generosity through discipleship, and 21st-century stewardship
• Peer learning and networking with others called to stewardship ministries in faith-based organizations
• Two ways to participate: on-site and live streaming
• Incredibly reasonable registration fees of just $199.00 for on-site registration and $99.00 for live streaming

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Theological Principles of Stewardship Online Course Begins October 30

In our personal congregations and in many denominations we are noticing a variety of "shifts" in the way in which we experience church and life today. Some see a variety of trends that have changed in the way that people participate in the life of our churches. Participants in the Theological Principles of Stewardship online course will wrestle with some of those "shifts" in light of the basic principles and tenets that guide and direct our stewardship ministries.

Theological Principles of Stewardship is part of the six-course series of Steward Leaders Engaging God's Mission online courses co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center and The course includes audiographic sessions, readings, and three real-time conference calls. .7 CEUs are available. Rev. Scott Jacob, pastor and program director for The James Company, is the instructor. Course registration is just $49.95. Register today!

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COMPASS Live Chat: Finding Your Enough

When it comes to money, sometimes we find it hard to say "enough". In North America, 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?

Join us for this COMPASS Live Chat and our guest Shane Claiborne to talk about this topic and to hear how Shane finds his enough. Shane is a founder and board member of The Simple Way, a faith community in inner-city Philadelphia that has helped birth and connect radical faith communities around the world. Shane's books include Jesus for President; Common Prayer; Follow Me to Freedom; Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers; and his classic The Irresistible Revolution. Shane's adventures have taken him from the streets of Calcutta where he worked with Mother Teresa to the wealthy suburbs of Chicago where he served at the influential mega-church Willow Creek, and to some of the most troubled regions of the world such as Rwanda, the West Bank, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

The Chat takes place on Wednesday, October 19, 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, 7:00 p.m. Central time, 6:00 p.m. Mountain time, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.


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

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.  More


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