This weekend is everyone’s favorite Sunday of the year: Stewardship!!!

[Don’t worry – I am well aware that talking about money makes everyone a little uncomfortable.]

The time has come at last for us to look towards 2020 and make a plan for our family of faith. And no, it will not help us to have 2020 in hindsight before doing so.

Stewardship is one of those things we like to forget about the rest of the year. However, doing stewardship well means a whole bunch more than being good financial analysts in the late fall of every calendar.

Did you remember when God created the world in Genesis and gave humans “dominion” over everything? What if I told you that another translation of that word might very well be “stewardship”?

In ancient Israel, when God finally gave in and appointed kings to rule over the people (at their own request), they were not given power to lord it over others. Instead, they were meant to protect and serve those entrusted to their care.

Whether we are talking about all the earth, a group of people, or even a church campus, being a good steward is an essential Christian practice. It is an opportunity to commit our “three T’s” to Christ’s ministry in this time and place at First Presbyterian Church of Hollidaysburg.

What are the “three T’s,” you may ask?

Time. Talent. Treasure.

Though money is an essential portion of our pledging, we should never underestimate the value of our time (our most precious commodity) nor the importance of the talents God has given to us. There are countless ways you can practice good stewardship.

And that is exactly what our leaders are doing. In order to make a proper plan, we must have a better idea of where our congregation is and how committed we are to where God is leading us. Only then will we be able to honor Christ with prayerfully-made decisions.

So, I encourage you to come to worship this weekend. Bring your pledge card. And remember that your money is going to support care for our members, our children, our beautiful, historic campus, and our community.

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

Thank you for all you do for FPCH!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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