Dear Members and Friends of Good Shepherd,
Consecration Sunday is coming on November 10, 2019, when we assess what God is calling us to offer as our stewardship pledge to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
In my nearly three years as your pastor I have seen among you, more than any other congregation I’ve served, an enthusiasm and commitment to seriously shoulder the responsibility of Christian ministry. This is embodied in the volunteer attention and care we direct to our Sunday School, lay-led book groups, Bible studies, and lay ministry classes, the maintenance of our property, preparing the sanctuary for worship, our dedication to addressing and healing the deep wounds of society through our ecumenical food shelf, Fair Trade products, Migrant Justice and New Sanctuary ministries, People Helping People and Vermont-Haiti programs, along with Food for Though and Racism in America forums that bring important ethical and human rights concerns to the attention of the wider community.
But none of this occurs without each of us experiencing the warm embrace, love and care we have for one another, and the extravagant welcome we extend to visitors every Sunday. No one goes unnoticed for, as the Apostle Paul reminds us, “If one member suffers, all suffer together; and if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1st Corinthians 12:26) I hope you agree that as a faith community we firmly believe that God’s work is advanced through our hands.
It is through our conviction and enthusiasm of faith that I ask you to consider how God is calling you regarding your financial stewardship to Good Shepherd, for stewardship encompasses all our resources – spiritual, physical and financial.
There is much we’ve yet to do in promoting our presence as a progressive, non-discriminating Christian voice in Vermont, and a church growth task force needs to be created to develop ways we might direct a portion of our resources for the purpose of increasing our membership and ministry.
Unlike many stewardship efforts, we will conduct no home or phone solicitations. During this time of preparation for Consecration Sunday, members from our church and the wider community will be invited to share how our stewardship to one another and the world has made a difference in their lives in the hope that you will be inspired to further the work of Christ Jesus.
Consecration means to declare or acknowledge something as sacred or holy. On November 10th we will not only make a pledge of financial stewardship for the coming year, we will consider what portion of our whole treasury of spiritual, physical and financial resources we will offer and consecrate to God, not out of obligation, but out of joy; “for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2nd Corinthians 9:7)
On this special Sunday when we rededicate and consecrate our lives and resources to God, I encourage you, if you are able, to show and show one another that the Spirit of God is alive and well and ready for work at Good Shepherd.
Your brother in Christ,
Please also read: Church President Ryan Jensen’s letter acknowledging the various roles we play as stewards of Good Shepherd.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church – 273 Vt Route 15 – PO Box 495 – Jericho, VT 05465
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