Stewardship - Yes! It's about giving...
... but not how you might normally think about Giving.
It is about "giving back to God" the many things He's given to us.
Yes, Stewardship is " A Way of Life"
What is Stewardship?
Oftentimes we think that the things of this world will bring us peace or joy. As we search for joy, the modern world wants us to think that materialism is the ultimate measure of peace and happiness. God's peace is not measured by the standards of the world. We have heard the word "peace" when someone talks about sacrificial giving and of sharing time and talent with the Church. There is a special grace, God's gift of peace, bestowed upon those who give of themselves for the benefit of others. This peace cannot be measured.
Using Our Gifts as Stewards
Everything that we have while we are here comes as a gift from God. Because we love God, we gladly dedicate these gifts to God's service. We seek no "rewards" for our stewardship; we do it with the joy of serving God.
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace" (1 Pt 4:10)
When God gives us life, we don't know how much time we have to use that life. But, whatever time we have is a gift from God, and we must use it wisely in every activity throughout the day.
The Bible tells us that if we use our talents wisely, we will be better able to use them and will develop others -- but if we don't we may lose even those talents we do have.
Giving money to the Church is a symbolic act - - the offering of ourselves in service and devotion to God. Giving is a practical matter, too, because the offering makes it possible for the Church to pay its bills and carry out its mission in Christ's name.
New - Online Giving at OLL
Online Giving allows you to make contributions to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church without writing checks or worrying about cash donations. The website lets you set up automatic contributions and change the timing or the amount of your gift at any time. You may make pledges and manage your contributions to the pledge amount, and you may make one-time donations to special causes.
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Bienvenido a Dar en línea!
Donaciones en línea le permite hacer contribuciones a Nuestra Señora de Lourdes sin escribir cheques o preocuparse por las donaciones en efectivo. Este sitio le permite configurar contribuciones automáticas y cambiar la fecha o el importe de su donación en cualquier momento. Usted puede hacer promesas y administrar sus contribuciones a la cantidad prenda, y usted puede hacer donaciones de una sola vez a causas especiales.
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Sounds Great! How Can I Begin?
The Five Zones of Stewardship
Reaching Out In Stewardship
I - Reaching out to God
II - Reaching out to Our Family
III - Reaching out to Our Church (Ours and other Parishes)
IV - Reaching out to Our School
V - Reaching out to Our Community
O God, I resolve to put You first in my life. I recognize that You have blessed me with all that I have and all that I am. I commit to giving back to You the first portion of my blessings. Doing so may seem scary at times, but I hear Your reassurance in Scripture:
"Do not worry anymore," and know that I can depend on You. I resolve to sacrifice when necessary but always to do so out of a spirit of sincere love, just as Your Son, Jesus did for me. I humbly accept the
challenge to share from my means rather than from my excess.
I recognize that being a good steward is nothing more than being truly Christian. From my heart, I thank You Lord for blessing me and I trust in Your love. Dear God, I resolve to be generous with my time, talent and treasure, giving in proportion to the gifts I have received. At times I may fail, but I pledge to keep trying. In so doing, I will confidently live each day with a spirit of true peace and joy.
You may also wish to join the Stewardship Committee. Meetings are as scheduled and each year we hold a Stewardship Fair in the Family Life Center Gym to make parishioners aware of all the Stewardship Opportunities here at Our Lady of Lourdes.
Photos used on this Page:
Top - "Giving" by Martin Kelly is licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Stewardship Triangle - Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
Hand of Time - "hand-226708_640.jpg" by "geralt" is licensed under (Public Domain CC0 1.0)
Hands - "Giving Hands and Red Pushpin" by Artotem (Changes Made: Red Pushpin Cropped From Image) is licensed under (CC BY 2.0)
Coins - "Widow's Mite - Ancient Roman Bronze Coins" by Royce Bair is licensed under (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Last modified: August 12, 2016