Our Stewardship Foundation and Focus


Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20  (NIV)

This last instruction from Jesus Christ to his disciples is the foundation of our Stewardship at St. Francis.

As good stewards we focus perpetually with our time, talents and treasure:

To nurture worship for clergy and laity.

This is the "heart of the matter", our primary reason for existance & our most appropriate response to God's love for us. All need help & encouragement in accordance with personal levels of development in the faith. All are capable of creating & maintaining good habits of corporate and individual prayer, if offered proper guidance and support through prayer & worship services.

To provide Faith Formation, Christian Education & Inreach Programs.

"Faith is caught, not taught", but faith must also be nurtured with content, understanding & relevancy to the Chistian's daily life.

To enable the Mission of the Church through Outreach to our community and the world.

The Christian has a dual responsibility "to know Christ and make Him known". Our personal knowledge & experience of faith grows through prayer & study and in our associations with fellow Christians. We then share this faith with others in fulfillment of Jesus's "Great Commission" which directed us "to go into all the world".

To enable Stewardship, Finance & Administrative Management.

Implementation of good stewardship principles & programs, transparent financial management and administrative systems enables the parish to fulfil its responsibilities year round, annually and long term.

To provide personnel, equipment and facilities resources.

No person or parish can function effectively if inadequately staffed, housed, and equipped. Creativity & morale are stifled. A facilities development plan is required.

In summary:

__ God is the Creator.
__ God has created all things and continues to do so.
__ Everything belongs to God.
__ We are offered the role of caretaker, manager and steward of God's Creation.
__ Taking care of God's Creation includes, at least, concern for our natural resources, our environment, our fellow human beings and ourselves.
__ The Church is a primary resource and channel for the implementation of our personal stewardship.
__ Our offerings of time, talent and treasure are really offerings of our very selves to the role of a steward of God's Creation, through the Church and beyond.
__ Motivation for a life of stewardship derives from our realization of what God has done and continues to do for us and our desire to offer our most sincere thanksgivings for those gifts.

Excerpt from "A Plan for Stewardship Education and Development through the Year"
__by Rev. David W. Gordon

 


 

 

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Upcoming Events
JUL

27

THU
Alanon meeting
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
JUL

28

FRI
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
Daniella and her students
6:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Music lessons in the Sanctuary
AA meeting
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
JUL

30

SUN
Summer of Love Sunday
10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Join us for a far-out Sunday, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Summer of Love. Bring pictures of yourself from that time period (clearly labeled with your name and phone number on the back) to display in Block Hall to Alberta. She is collecting them each Sunday after church. Come to church dressed as if it's 1967. It'll be groovy.
Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
All are welcome!
JUL

31

MON
Daniella and her students
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Daniella and her music students will be in the sanctuary on Monday mornings during the summer 9-12 and Wednesday evenings 3-8 p.m.
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
AA meeting
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
AUG

01

TUE
Stewardship Committee Meeting
7:00 PM
meets in the vicarage
Narcotics Anonymous meeting
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
AUG

02

WED
Craft Group
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
All crafters welcome for coffee and discussion. Meets in Block Hall.
AUG

03

THU
Alanon meeting
7:00 PM to 8:15 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.