As children we learned to eat a balanced diet—and it rarely included dessert first. We were taught to be sensible—to eat our spinach and liver and brussels sprouts first and save pudding for last. Giving first to God is a lot like eating dessert first—it’s not a “reasonable” thing to do. Reason tells us to take care of our practical needs first and give God what is left. Dessert First: Celebrating God’s Blessings invites us instead to give first to God. To give generously from our hearts—hearts filled with gratitude for all we have received from God. It calls us to exercise faith that God will take care of all of our needs.
The Dessert First response method suggests creating desserts and devotions and delivering them to every congregational household, along with information about the congregation and an invitation to make a financial commitment to the church’s ministry. The response includes worship service suggestions and a final worship service when financial commitments are presented.
- Deuteronomy 8:10-18
- Response Method:
- Every Home Visit
The Starter Kit contains digital files of materials to engage your congregation in your stewardship emphasis: bulletin inserts, commitment cards, themed letterhead and envelopes, and more. They are designed for in-house use and are not guaranteed for successful use by commercial printers.
The Dessert First Digital Starter Kit includes a PDF file of each of the following:
- four bulletin inserts
- commitment cards
- letterhead and matching envelopes
- a poster
- letter and legal-sized bulletin covers
- logo (jpg format)
A coordinating easy-to-use, adaptable plan for the Dessert First stewardship emphasis is sold separately in the corresponding issue of the Giving: Growing Faithful Stewards in Your Congregation Magazine – Volume 3: Dessert First.
After your payment is received, you will receive an automatic email from the Ecumenical Stewardship Center with the subject line “Your Ecumenical Stewardship Center order from Month Day, Year is complete.” This email will contain website links to all resources that you ordered. Click on the link and use the procedures of your particular browser to download the files.
If you ordered physical products as well then your order will not be considered complete until those items can be mailed out.