What is Christian stewardship? It is simply our courageous attempt, having experienced the generosity and hospitality of the God we know in Jesus, to live a life that reflects that generosity—life in community, life conscious of relationship with others.
Our fall stewardship theme is Live Courageously, and the community of LCOS is living into its name as a church community of our Saviour Jesus Christ. In the spring-time when called upon to give, the community generously answered. LCOS is funded and has a surplus because courageous action was taken by leaders and gifts were extended by generous people. There is also the gift of hope that is the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund in case of need.
So why are we having a fall stewardship campaign? Because we continue to live courageously in our ministry to and alongside God’s people: We have reopened our doors to those who are comfortable worshiping inside, while also providing outdoor, parking lot and audio worship to those who are not. We gather weekly for fellowship and learning through small groups and Bible Study. We share the Word with God’s children through our online children’s sermons and the Giving Tree Preschool. We are still feeding the hungry and meeting our financial commitments to social ministries such as Richmond Friends of the Homeless, the Chesterfield Alliance for Social Ministry, and Lutheran World Relief.
It takes courage to follow Jesus and live a life trusting in God, especially if we’re seeking to be good stewards of all God has entrusted to us—including our own lives and the Good News itself. To all who live and give to the ministry of LCOS, thank you for your courageous support. You are a source of hope for this community of faith, which springs from the faith that God pours into our hearts. We give thanks to God for all that was, all that is, and all that will be as we answer the call to live courageously.
Adapted from the Live Courageously Starter Kit © 2018 Ecumenical Stewardship Center. Produced by and for churches in Canada and the USA. Printed in the USA.