Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Growing Together in Faith”: Stewardship as Discipleship, Discipleship as Stewardship. With discipleship, we see a deeper meaning to our faith and a commitment to caring for and sharing of God’s abundance. Together we can continue God’s message of kindness, acceptance of one another, and most importantly... love, to a world that sorely needs it. As we grow together in ministering to our church and our community, we at Ellington Congregational Church grow closer to understanding what it means to be good stewards in faith with Christ’s teachings.
Randy Alcorn, in his book The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving attributes 15 percent of everything Christ said as related to the topic of money and possessions; more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined. Why did Jesus put such an emphasis on money and possessions? Because stewardship is one of the essential topics we learn as Disciples of Christ, and if understood and embraced, can be one of the primary ways we call Christ into our daily lives. It is our gifts that allow the light of Christ to shine out into the world.
We ask during this stewardship campaign season: no matter what you feel about pledging, to open your heart fully, with gratitude and joy to our precious church community. We are all part of the ECC team - and are so very blessed to have many talented and special people within this family. As we make our pledges, we come together as one. We can help to ensure that all its resources – all the love and opportunities, the classes, the groups - everything that has helped each of us, will be available to anyone who walks through our door. So that anyone who needs healing will find it here.
Please complete your pledge card online or send it in, or bring it with you to Consecration Sunday on October 30th. We thank you for your generosity in continuing the message of faith, love, and community that is our church. We are mindful that some may not be able to give financial support to the extent they would like, and are grateful for what you can provide. Your ECC Stewardship committee, Bryan Forst (Chair), Rev. Joanne Myer, (Intentional Interim Pastor), Jol Sprowles, Cassie Miller, Darlene Quirk