Stewardship Temple Talk #1
(April 11/12, 2015)
Everything we have belongs to God
I can imagine some of you are asking yourself this question: “Why is Fr. Dave talking about Stewardship on the Sunday after Easter…we’ve never done that before here at Good Shepherd. We usually talk about stewardship in the fall (after the World Series and before Thanksgiving)…so why are we listening to a Temple Talk on stewardship on this Sunday after Easter??”. Well, it is a legitimate question and an important question. So let me quickly respond. Your Stewardship Committee has decided to hold the annual Stewardship campaign during the Easter season to send an important message: This is a new day and we are embracing a new approach to stewardship education here @ GSEC. The paradigm is changing. We are embracing an exciting new way of thinking about and talking about and doing stewardship here @ GSEC…it is called TRANSFORMATIONAL STEWARDSHIP and, beginning today and continuing for the next three weekends) I (or someone from the Stewardship Committee) will be presenting some of the foundational principles of this new way of thinking about and talking about and doing stewardship.
So this morning, I want to speak to you about the most foundational of the four foundational principles of TRANSFORMATIONAL STEWARDSHIP, and that is the belief that everything we have…absolutely EVERYTHING we have belongs to God! Do you believe that? I believe it with every fiber of my being…the house I live in is not mine…the car I drive is not mine…my savings account is not mine… my 401K is not mine! In fact, I am not an owner of anything that I have! Everything I have (or ever will have) comes from God and belongs to God. We are not OWNERS…we are STEWARDS. And the difference between an owner and a steward is critically important to our understanding of Stewardship! Owners manage and control their own stuff…STEWARDS, on the other hand, manage and control someone else’s stuff! And if you believe this foundational principle, then the new paradigm of TRANSFORMATIONAL STEWARDSHIP will make sense to you. If you don’t believe it (and I am sure there are those listening to me who do not believe it) that is ok…all I ask is that you prayerfully consider that it may be true and that you listen with an open heart and an open mind, and that you allow God the Holy Spirit to speak to you regarding your individual “Stewardship of Life”. So that is foundational principle #1…EVERYTHING WE HAVE BELONGS TO GOD…we are not OWNERS…we are STEWARDS! Next week: Foundational Principle #2: STEWARDSHIP IS NOT FUNDRAISING!…Stay tuned!
Beginning April 11/12 and continuing for the next three weekends, Fr. Dave will present a series of very brief (no more than 5 minutes) Temple Talks before the dismissal at each service regarding the four foundational principals of Transformational Stewardship. A special workshop will be held on Saturday, May 16 from 9 am to noon that will explore, in detail, these foundational principles. Watch the website – the talks will all be featured in the Stewardship category, under MinistrieL
Learn more about Transformational Stewardship at The Episcopal Network for Stewardship: http://www.tens.org/ .
March 28 & 29 – PALM SUNDAY:
SUNDAY OF THE PASSION
Saturday, 5:30 pm – Palm/Procession & Holy Eucharist
Sunday, 10 am – Palm Procession & Holy Eucharist
April 2 – MAUNDY THURSDAY
6 pm – Agape Meal
7 pm – Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar
8 pm – Watch before the Blessed Sacrament / Labyrinth in Parish Hall
April 3 – GOOD FRIDAY
10 AM – Children’s Interactive Stations of the Cross
Noon – Stations of the Cross
7 pm – Good Friday Liturgy with Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament
April 4 – HOLY SATURDAY
5:30 pm – The Great Vigil & First Eucharist of Easter
April 5 – EASTER DAY
10 am – Festival Eucharist & Flowering of the Cross
11:30 am – Easter Egg Hunt for our younger children
The final Friday evening Stations of the Cross liturgy (on Friday, March 27th) will be preceded by a simple Lenten soup and bread supper which will begin at 6:30pm. Please plan to join us for this time of fellowship and the final Stations of the Cross devotion before the beginning of Holy Week.
The most recent edition of the church newsletter, The Shepherd’s Crook, is now available to download.
Shepherd’s Crook – March and April 2015
February 22 The Giver by Lois Lowry
March 22 Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
April 19 The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty
The Page Turners meet once a month, immediately following the 10am Holy Eucharist, in the Conference Room. Please come and join us for some very interesting discussion and sharing.
Please come and join us for interesting exchange of ideas.
Enjoy a great meal at Jake’s on Broadway in Pitman and the owner will generously donate 10% of your tab back to our Church! Jake’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, eat-in BYO or take-out. The food is fresh, home-made, delicious, and beautifully presented. The menu is posted on the bulletin board in the parish hall. Hours are 8 – 3 Tues – Wed, 8 – 8 Thurs – Sat, and 8 – 3 Sun. Parishioners are welcome at all times. To participate in the give-back program, tell your waiter/waitress that you are from Good Shepherd, they will enter your tab in the “book.” Be sure it is the Good Shepherd list! Any questions contact Deb Prieto.
The annual women’s retreat will be held at Stella Maris Retreat Center May 31 – June 2. Anyone who would like to help plan the retreat is welcome to attend our first planning meeting on Wednesday January 28th at 7 PM.
If you are interested please contact Cindy Taglienti.
On Sunday, April 26th, at 11:30 there will be a meeting of the Junior Youth Group. Please join us!
Also look forward to taking part in our rescheduled Church Yard Cleanup and for a date for our High Elevations trip.
Have a great week!
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
315 Highland Terrace
Pitman, NJ 08071
10 a.m.. Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Sunday School (Sept. – May)
Staffed Nursery Available during 10 a.m. service
5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist