Stewardship season is, at its heart, an invitation. Throughout the month of October, our congregation explored Mark 10, the Gospel chapter from which our 2019 Stewardship Program draws its inspiration. The disciples say to us, “Take heart! Jesus is calling you.”
The Stewardship Committee found this message to be a powerful one as we reflected on the past year in the life of our beloved Westminster, in our own lives, and in the life of our nation as a whole. Amidst it all, Christ continues to call to us to come together to worship the God who created the world and sustains all things; to be bound together and to listen and support each other; and to study the stories of faith and be equipped to live that faith in all times and places.
Stewardship is an invitation to participate in the work of the Spirit at Westminster. Pledges help us build and plan as we move forward into God’s future together. We need every single person, every single family, to make a commitment. Why? Because God is, in God’s own heart, One who gives. God created the universe in all its glory, God gave God’s own Son to the world in Jesus Christ, and God continues to give the Holy Spirit, who empowers, accompanies, and equips. God gives to us all over and over again. We are called, as followers of this same God, to be generous.
Christ is calling us to new opportunities – to ask new questions and expand our mission, to reach out and serve more. “Take Heart, Jesus is calling you.” How will we respond?
As we journeyed through this season, we sealed our hearts with 31 days of prayer for Westminster, as we listened for God’s call to us. We weren’t praying for money or larger pledges, but that God might work God’s own purposes out through each of us.
Take Heart Sunday: October 28
October 28, 2018 was Take Heart Sunday. It was a wonderful day of celebration – and the music was amazing! It was deeply moving to see members of the congregation come forward to respond to God’s call to live and give generously, as together we dedicated our pledges to God.
Additional Take Heart Resources
- Discernment Questions for Giving – Questions for prayerful reflection on how you are called to respond to God’s generosity and to Christ’s teaching to love God and neighbor
- Giving Grid – Find your current level of giving on the Giving Grid at the intersection of your Annual Income row and the Monthly Giving column. Move to the right to determine what kind of steps you can take on your personal giving path.
- 2019 Commitment Card – Indicate how you will commit to the mission and ministry of Westminster in 2019. Bring your completed card with you to worship by November 18, or mail it to the church office.
“Take Heart” Presentations by WPC Members
October 7, 2018: Luke Bumm, Stewardship Committee Chair
October 14, 2018: Anne Sherman, Deacon (class of 2021) Audio also available:
October 21, 2018: Eric Wolf, Former Elder and Deacon and longtime active WPC member (audio only)
October 28, 2018: Melinda Vaughn, Stewardship Committee Member