This month in stewardship: July 2020

6/23/2020

This is usually the time of year I'd be writing about preparing materials for a fall stewardship campaign. But this is an entirely different situation. What do you do when normal doesn't exist any longer? How do you plan with...

The effect of money on us matters to God

6/22/2020

A key theological concept taught in Presbyterian seminaries is that we go to scripture to learn what is important to God, rather than to discover what God thinks about what is important to us. Even a casual reader of the...

Plant today to provide nourishment for tomorrow

6/22/2020

Isaiah 55:10-13 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,...

Crossing the water to unfamiliar shores

6/18/2020

“The secret of change is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates In the first five months of 2020, life in our neighborhoods, our cities, states, and across the world...

2020 Pentecost echoes the First Century Church gathering

5/19/2020

“What a strange Pentecost this will be.” That’s a consistent refrain I’m hearing from my colleagues in churches across the country. We wonder what it will look like to celebrate the movement of the Spirit in and through the early...

Love Casts Out Fear

5/4/2020

After the seasons of Lent, Easter, and Pentecost, the lectionary texts for June narrate some of the ways God’s comprehensive love is displayed in the natural world, in the struggles of the matriarchs and patriarchs of the faith, in communities...

This month in stewardship: May

4/20/2020

This is a very unusual May. Typically, we would be celebrating graduations, gathering with friends and worshiping together. But of course, we’re in this new reality – a blend of staying home and attempting to figure out when it will...

Called to Christ to serve others

4/17/2020

One Sunday morning early in my career working for the Foundation, I was worshiping at a church in a small southwest Michigan town. Visiting churches is something I get to do often in my role as Ministry Relations Officer. When...

Living in faith, not fear

4/6/2020

Lectionary Preview for May 3, 2020: 1 Peter 2:19-25 For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that?...

Stewardship in a Pandemic

3/17/2020

COVID-19 is changing the way the world interacts and the church is not immune to those changes. Amid social distancing and shelter in place orders, many churches have either canceled worship or moved to a virtual form of worship. Pastors...