Stewardship

A Way of Life

 

God Gives It All, And Then Calls Us to Share

 

Everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God.  Stewardship is the ability to share our gifts of life, time, talent and treasure with others—with no strings attached and no conditions.  We share these gifts out of our love for God and gratitude to Him.

“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matthew 6:23

 

A Christian Steward . . .

· Receives God’s gifts gratefully

· Cherishes and tends our gifts in a responsible, accountable manner

· Shares them in justice and love with others

· Returns them with increase to the Lord.

“Make it your practice instead to store up heavenly treasure, which neither moths nor rust corrode nor thieves break in and steal.  Remember, where your treasure is, there is your heart also.”  Matthew 6:20,23

 

Five Principles of Stewardship Giving . . .

· Planned - We spend time in thought and prayer when deciding what to give, rather than merely giving what we happen to have left at the end of the week.

· Proportionate - Our giving is proportionate to what God has given us.  We give in proportion to the gifts we have received.

· Sacrificial - We give back to God from our substance, rather than our abundance.

· Grateful - Our offering is a grateful response to the immense love God has for us.

· A Gift - What we give is a gift, given without reservation or condition.

 

“Let me say this much:  He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.  Everyone must give according to what he has decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for god loves a cheerful giver.  God can multiply His favors among you so that you may always have enough of everything and even a surplus for good works.”  II Cor 9:6-8

 

“Therefore, through Jesus, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise, that is,

the fruit of lips which acknowledge His name.  And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”  Heb 13:15,16

 

“Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name!”  1 Chro 29:13

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Catholic Collections

Throughout the year, parishioners at St. John the Evangelist are asked to support various Catholic charitable initiatives outside of our parish boundaries. Click here for a full calendar and explanationof those Custodial Collections.

How Much to Give

The various requests we receive throughout the year from many charities present the opportunity to plan our giving - to share the blessings God has given us, and experience the joy of sharing.  We can begin by setting aside time to review our current personal giving.  Offer a simple prayer asking for spiritual guidance, and click here for a worksheet to help you plan your annual giving.

Sharing Time and Talent

The sharing of time and talent is equally as important as treasure.  St. John the Evangelist could not accomplish all that it does without the selfless volunteerism of its parishioners.  Click here to see thte various opportunities available to get involved at the parish.