Stewardship-Welcome to the pig pen

Stewardship for Today

"The word'"steward' comes from the Anglo-Saxon term 'sty warden,' the person who took care of the pig sty!" - Make it Simple, ELCA Stewardship Resource

Welcome to the Pig Pen! I invite you to join me and the ARkansas-Oklahoma Stewardship Team in stepping into the mess of the everyday. Come on into the pig pen and let's figure out how to care for the parts of life that matter the most. This is about exploring the joys and challenges of running our lives as if they mattered to Jesus (which, in fact, they do!)

"Why pig pen?" you  ask. Well, I think it is a good description of the world we are living in (and it reminds me of my mom describing my bedroom growing up.) Stewarship means cleaning up our "rooms" and managing the chaos. You and I have so many different parts of our lives to manage-home and household, families, friendships, work, projects, congregation life, and our selves (body, mind and spirit.)

Jesus invites you and me to manage all these parts in a way that is pleasing to God. Stewardship is organizing all the stuff of our lives with Jesus at the center. Being a steward means recognizing that God has entrusted you with the work of managing what is your to manage. God is the owner, you and I are managers (stewards.)

So here we are, managers of the pig pens in our lives-sty wardens of God's world. Welcome to the pig pen!

What part of stewardship would you like to hear more about? Please email Pastor LIz at liz.albertson@elca.org or Pastor David Viles, the AR-OK Stewardship Team Leader, at davidviles@cox.net with your ideas and suggestions.

For more stewardship information: http://www.luthersem.edu/stewardship/default.aspx?m=6667&post=4680

 

Stewardship

As members of the ELCA, we believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

How do we respond to God’s call to serve and love our neighbors? We faithfully steward the gifts God has so abundantly given to us. Although some think of stewardship as only a financial response to God’s love, stewardship encompasses so much more than money. It is about how we use all that God has entrusted to our care — our time, our talents and our treasures — to love God and our neighbors, both inside and outside of the church walls and our homes.

To find more ELCA resources for stewardship, go the the ELCA here.

Managing God's Abundance


The Synod Stewardship Table is excited to introduce a new tool to help your congregation reinforce the importance of the year-around stewardship of time, talent and treasure.  It is a series of quarterly posters, accompanied by tri-fold brochures and bulletin inserts emphasizing health (Taking Care of Me), creation (Taking Care of the Earth), intelligence (Taking Care of Our Minds) and finances (Taking Care of Our Dollars and Cents). The actual poster size will be 18" x 24".

Each poster will be accompanied by brochures and bulletin inserts designed to be taken home by individuals.  They will contain ideas for practicing good stewardship for each month of that quarter.  A brochure holder which can be mounted on a bulletin board next to the poster will be furnished.

In order to receive the posters, bulletin inserts and brochures, which will be mailed to congregations beginning this April, an order form (link is below) must be completed and returned to the Synod office. 

The posters, bulletin inserts and brochures were designed by the members of our Stewardship Table and are unique to our synod.  We hope that every congregation in the synod will find them helpful in fostering good stewardship habits.

Contact Pastor Liz Albertson, assistant to the bishop, with any questions.  She can be reached at (918) 492-4288 or liz.albertson@elca.org

 

 Yours in Christ,

The Arkansas-Oklahoma Discipleship Team



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