North Stonington Congregational Church
We are an Open and Affirming Church
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North Stonington Congregational Church
P.O. Box 66
89 Main Street
North Stonington, CT 06359
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Caring & Sharing
You have a heart of Gold !
We know you care ---
And there are so many gifts to share!
Talents, Time & Treasures!
Stewardship should be Holy and Spirit Filled—Joyous!
In other words … what does generosity, sharing, and giving have to do with our respective faith journeys? And why does Jesus call us to give?
The more JOY people feel about their giving, the more they will give. The more palpable joy there is in the congregation related to giving, the more people will likely pledge. Why? Pledging is important to each person or family … because it sets up an attitude of gratitude; it is a regular and consistent way to give; it deepens faithful church partnership for members and friends as well; it is Jesus’ Way.
Our annual stewardship program makes an effort to be focused as much on faith development as on generosity and giving. We emphasize pledging: Pledging is not only an act of faith, it is an action that is less about membership than it is about one’s spiritual journey.
We know that some folks sense a kind of “risk” in making a pledge…a psychological, emotional, and even spiritual risk. This depends on where one is in his or her spiritual journey. So, even though we present some of the same ideas every year, we are reaching out to everyone in hopes that someone new will be ready to take a leap of faith or to be ready to make an even deeper commitment than the year before.
Consider your faith journey and ask if you are pledging enough?
“Thy Kingdom come … Thy will be done!”
Steadfast in His Way
Are we ever steadfast in anything we do? Or do we get distracted, lose interest, find something new to care about, or just get “burned out?” Do we even lose sight of being Steadfast in Faith?
In John 14:8, we know and love the familiar words that Jesus said: “I am the Way, and the truth and the life.” Those words have always had deep spiritual meaning; so, if Jesus is the Way – what are we supposed to be doing with our lives? Is it enough to just come to worship? Or is it about caring, sharing, giving, growing?
As true Christian believers and disciples, we need to try (and maybe, even try harder) to follow The Way.
“If we obey His Commandments, then truly in these people, the love of God has reached perfection. Then we may know that we are in Him! Whoever says, “I abide in Him,” ought to walk just as he walked.” John 2: 5-6
In both the Old and the New Testaments – The Greatest Commandment: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might”.
In Matthew 7: 12 (The Golden Rule) “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
And, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22: 39)
In John, 8:32, Jesus said, “If you follow in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Walk the Walk, Love All Others, Be Charitable
Journey to Learn the Truth“Follow The Way!”
“Let God’s Light Shine Thru YOU”
God’s Light is always shining IN you—let it shine OUT!!
There are so many reasons to care and share and give to God’s Glory.
Giving to God’s Glory - Have you chosen the best way to shine?
GOD’S LIGHT IS ALREADY SHINING BRIGHTER!
Thanks for your cheerful and bright stewardship!
Step out in Faith!
As Christian stewards we learn to give, to share, to serve, not just for the church, but as a way of growing our faith, personally….in all aspects of living.
Your need to grow in spirituality is a means of deepening your faith.
So be transformed in faith and love and let your heart be alive.
How do you open your mind and your heart and your soul? Praising God – worshiping God’s goodness with others – here and at home … you could do an online daily meditation.
Talk the Talk Learning – reading online or books of a spiritual nature OR how to do self improvement Journey to Learn the Truth Paying it Forward - supporting a cause –
Walk the Walk Giving – sharing offerings with the less fortunate Be Charitable Caring - doing something to show that you care. Love All Others Remember -
“I am the Way, and the truth and the life.” John 14:8
Those words of Jesus have always had deep spiritual meaning; be inspired. Stepping out in faith means following His Way