Life Stewardship

 

November Council Update

Council Update

November 19, 2018

Prepared: 11/1/2018

·       Bill gave a report on the council highlights. This resulted in a lengthy discussion of the budget/benevolences. Danette made the motion, Pastor Darian seconded the motion, and the subcommittee approved the following recommendation to send to council from Stewardship: Stewardship recommends that council instruct the treasurer to set aside 5% of the general fund contributions and earmark it for benevolences; to be reviewed by council quarterly and dispersed quarterly as the finances allow, and at the discretion of the council.

·       In other council highlights, Bill communicated our “Welcoming Church” suggestions regarding the visitor parking signs, adding the Pastor’s name to the church sign, and having the greeters stand inside the door instead of outside of the sanctuary. As Steve Foust had just resigned from the Property Committee, we may have to make some of these suggestions/requests again when the new Property Committee chairperson is identified.

·       Financial Secretary News – A thank you card was passed around for all to sign to thank Karen Flood for her service as financial secretary. It was agreed to spend $20.00 for the Panera gift card instead of $10.00. Kyle Lysher will be taking Karen’s place and will meet with Danette this week to get oriented. Discussion followed regarding purchasing a 1 year subscription to the unlimited help desk for Servant Keeper at half price which would be around $150.00. The offer is good until November 30.  Danette was given the authorization to purchase this if she thinks it will be needed. There are some problems at the moment with printing statements using Servant Keeper, and while we have a way to get around it, we have not solved the issue as of yet. Lou Hiener has agreed to take a look at it and see if he can help. If needed, this will be charged to line item 8090 (Misc. Administration).

·       Dollars for Missions was tabled for now.

·       Danette will write an article for inclusion in the E-News for November 11, 18, 25, & December 2, regarding the Commitment cards and some background on what we plan to do with the cards. Bill made a sealed box for the Commitment cards, which will be placed in the Sanctuary next to the Baptismal font. The box and cards will be burned along with the mortgage after the service on December 2nd.

·       Danette reminded everyone that donations and donors are confidential. A short discussion followed as to whether or not this applies for donations from a will or a trust. No decision was made. It would be good to have a policy in writing on this.

·       We asked Bill to ask Council what the plan is for Amy’s replacement as she has informed us that she will be moving to TN. We would like the council to communicate to the congregation and committees the succession plan for Amy’s replacement and expressed the hope that someone will be hired in time for some overlap to allow Amy to train the new person.

 


October Communication

 

The 4 “Ts”

It’s that time of year again when Stewardship asks you to think about the 4 “Ts”, time, talent, treasure, and testimony. One of the topics that we have been reluctant to talk about over the years is treasure. Yes, we ask you to prayerfully consider your giving and to make a pledge to Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the coming year, but this year we hope to dig a little deeper and uncover what stewardship really means as we share our generosity with others.  This fall we plan to use a program called “Stewards of God’s Influence”, distributed by the NALC.

According to the “Stewards of God’s Influence” topic of Treasure, “if pastors and leaders of congregations are apologetic and afraid to talk about the condition of their financial health or feel uneasy asking for money, they do a big disservice to their congregations by not emphasizing the Law and Gospel of giving.” So, don’t be surprised to hear in the sermon how God’s gifts to us of time, talent, treasure and testimony entrusted to us find personal application in the future of our mission here at Emmanuel.

To this end, in November and December we will ask every member to fill out a ‘commitment card.’  ALL of these cards WILL BE COLLECTED AND BURNED as testimony of our commitment to God on the day of our celebrating the mortgage burning and help catapult and fuel Emmanuel for the next phase of our mission as members of the North American Lutheran Church. 

We hope you’ll look forward to this!

Stewardship Sub Committee

Bob Jordan, Danette Hunter, Pastor Darian Hybl, and Bill Lavallee

 



September Communication

Dear Members of Emmanuel,                                                                           

Thank you!

Thank you for the gifts to Emmanuel Lutheran Church of your time, talents, treasure, and testimony.

Your gifts of time and talent are so important to the everyday operations of the church. You have arranged flowers, pulled weeds, changed light bulbs, poured coffee, played music, taught children, served at the altar, made quilts, served on committees, cared for the lonely, and so many, many other things. We thank you, deeply and sincerely for every minute you have given to the Lord and to this church.

Sharing your treasure is vitally important to continuing the mission of the church. Your gifts keep the lights on, pay the salaries and the bills, which allow us to offer the many programs of the church, including our weekly worship service and Bible studies. Your gifts support our missions, both locally in the community and worldwide. Many groups use our church, including Girl Scouts, our Scout BSA Troop led by Alex Foust, Venturing Crew, AA, and Al-Anon, affecting many local families in a positive way. This support would not have been possible without your financial support and your offerings of time, talents, and prayers.  Special thanks go out to those who participated in our “Try-a-Tithe Sunday” last May.

Your prayers are vital!  Whether you pray as a part of the prayer chain, the prayer group, individually, or as part of the worship service, we thank you and ask you to keep on praying! We are very blessed to be able to serve the Lord through the work of our church and are happy that we can all be a part of this mission 

You may have noticed that we included your testimony as something we are thankful for. Your testimony is your Christian witness, which helps to spread the Gospel and reflect God’s love to others. Your positive and encouraging comments and conversations are much appreciated! Let us continue to lift each other up with our encouraging comments to and about each other.

We each have different motivations and capacities for giving, and every gift is gratefully received. Your Stewardship Subcommittee’s prayer is that your support for our church comes from a profound sense of gratitude and joy for all you receive through your relationship with God and our members.  We are blessed. We share a strong faith with each other. We celebrate the joyful events in each other’s lives and comfort each other in times of trial and sorrow.  

Thank you for your continuing support of the ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for 2018. We are very grateful for your many contributions this year!

The Stewardship Subcommittee:

Danette Hunter, Bob Jordan, Bill Lavallee, and Pastor Darian Hybl


April 2018 News!

 

“Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings.Malachi 3:8

What is a tithe? The dictionary defines tithe as, “the tenth part of agricultural produce or personal income set apart as an offering to God or for works of mercy, or the same amount regarded as an obligation or tax for the support of the church, priesthood, or the like”. The Old Testament talks about a tithe of 10%, and everyone was to be generous to those in need. In the New Testament, Jesus makes it clear that we are to help those who are in need:

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Are you robbing God, or are you a generous giver who gives from your heart? We are designating May as “Try-A-Tithe” month. If you are not already tithing, would you consider giving a tithe one Sunday in May? Please prayerfully consider how you can give generously of your time, talents, or treasures. If you choose not to tithe with money, would you be willing to share your talents by singing with the choir one Sunday a month? How about committing to pray for the church with the prayer group on a Wednesday morning or evening? Do you have the ability to coordinate the acolyte schedule or the lay assistant schedule? Will you help the property committee with the spring cleanup day? Will you give some of your time to study the Bible with one of our Bible study groups?  Together, we can make a difference!

 

 

Life Stewardship

Ministry Team

 

Council Rep: Bill Lavallee
 

Chairman: Bob Jordan

 

Treasurers:

Karla Gustafson
Dan Hunter

Financial Secretaries:
Danette Hunter

Kyle Lysher


Stewardship Subcommittee:
Danette Hunter
Bill Lavallee
Pastor Hybl

 

September Council Update

Benevolence Subcommittee:

Arlene Woodward
Lee Woodward
Kathy Gustafson
Steve Cehovin
Pastor Hybl

Memorial Subcommittee:

Dana Fetter (Chair)
Donna Berardinelli
Pastor Hybl