Stewardship in Our Lives

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What does the Bible say about Stewardship? (click here)

Stewardship is carefully, responsibly managing the blessed resources and gifts you have been afforded.

Regular church attendance was important to my parents, and being active in the Bethesda worship experience is similarly important to our family.  Receiving communion at the altar is a particularly meaningful experience for me; I always pause and thank God for our blessings and the opportunity to experience His meal with our family.

Since Pastor Bryan Simmons arrived in August 2015 our family members–and the larger Bethesda congregational family–have been blessed with an enhanced worship experience.  On Sunday mornings we anticipate learning about God’s word from Pastor Bryan’s sermons, enjoy choral and instrumental selections from our musicians, and contribute to the worship experience as members of the usher team.

Pastor Bryan blesses our congregation as a teacher and spiritual/administrative leader; however, we recognize the need for an associate pastor.  An associate pastor is needed to share the workload of leading worship each weekend and at Living Waters Wednesday services, administering Confirmation, and devoting time to visiting shut-ins and those who are hospitalized.

Each of you has been entrusted with financial resources.  Please join our family in maintaining and, if possible, increasing your financial and “where are my talents needed?” support of Bethesda.  Sharing your gifts will help secure the long-term health and growth of our congregation.

~ John and Sara, Christian, and Julianne Lundvall

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Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce.    ~ Proverbs 3:9
Merriam Webster defines stewardship as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.  Think on that for a moment.  It is so common today to take pride in the things we have earned, but it feels different to contemplate taking care of things that God has entrusted in our care.  I encourage you to take a moment and consider what gifts God has placed in your care. Are you a crafty person? Do you have a flair for organization? Do you enjoy interacting with youth?  The verse shown above from Proverbs asks us to prioritize our first fruits, and be generous with them.  Make them a priority, not an afterthought.  I invite you to take a look at your resources, whether that be monetary, volunteer time, talents, etc, and make a commitment to share your best.  It is so easy to make great resolutions, only to have them crowded out by busy schedules or other investments.
I challenge you to ask God how you can boldly share your first fruit produce this year!  There are so many wonderful ministries that take place both within and beyond the walls of Bethesda.  I encourage you to check out the Current, the Bulletin Boards, and the other articles in the Wellspring if you need ideas.  And be in conversation with God about how best to honor Him through your contributions.  Be ready for an exciting response!
~ Eric and Angie Weber

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We have been blessed to share of the resources, both financial and personal, that God has given to us.  As a friend said, once we realize that all we have comes from God, the question is how much do we need to keep for ourselves?  Giving a tithe to Bethesda and other church-related ministries is both a privilege and a realization that in giving our time and money, we are saying that the church “trumps” other faithful ways of contributing to more secular ministries. For us, our “first fruits” giving is to Bethesda Lutheran Church.

We grew up knowing that church attendance was a central part of our lives. Both of us were nurtured to understand that church attendance was an expectation and an opportunity we seldom questioned.  As we matured in our Christian lives, we became more aware that in order to worship God in community some type of building was needed.. Worshiping God in a community of believers meant we inherited the gift of responsibility to God and neighbor, including the members of Bethesda Lutheran Church.  

We thank God for the privilege of belonging and giving to Bethesda, a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

~ Jan and Russ Melby