2018 Faithful Stewards of God's Infinite Grace

HUMC Stewardship and Finance Committees 

STEAWARDSHIP Moment:  2 Corinthians 9:6-7

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly;  and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.                                                                                                                         ~  Tom Keir                              ~ Grateful to God ~


 April First.....

Financially,, the country's sound,

Affairs are better all around,

Our taxes are decreasing fast,

A buck is worth a buck at last,

Subsiding prices are the rule,

And living's cheaper----April Fool!!

~  Richard Wheeler.............The NEWSLETTER Newsletter, April 1994

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" 1 Peter 4:10.

We are entering into our annual stewardship emphasis entitled "Faithful Stewards of God's Infinite Grace." During the next few weeks, we will consider what it means to be a "faithful steward" and how our stewardship translates into practical Christianity. 

This emphasis is built in its entirety on two concepts: First, God owns everything! As Psalm 24:1 states clearly, "The earth is the Lord's and everything in it." God owns it all and has never relinquished the title deed to the world. Second, our responsibility is to manage that which belongs to God which God has entrusted to us. In other words, all that we have is a blessing from God and represents that which God has loaned to us on a temporary basis. 

What kinds of things belong to God? Certainly our time is a gift from our Heavenly Father that is given to everyone equally. All of us have the same amount of time- 24 hours per day. How we use our time is what makes the difference for this life and for eternity. Some will squander their time by giving priority to activities that carry little impact for eternity. Others will invest their time wisely for God's Glory and for the good of others.

Stop and think about it: 80% of the work in most churches (including our church) is done by 20% of the people. The rest have made other activities a priority for their time and talents. 

As one of the "Faithful Stewards of God's Infinite Grace" here at Hartford United Methodist Church, will you go against that trend by making a commitment to the "Proprietor of the Universe" to use the time and talents that have been given to you to make a difference in the ministry and outreach of our church? Remember, as one of those to whom God has entrusted time, talents, and treasure, God is counting on you.....