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
MAY

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SAT
St. Francis Men's Group
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
ST. FRANCIS MEN'S GROUP
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM Saturday
The St. Francis Men's Group meets from 8:30am to 10am for a no host breakfast and fellowship gathering at Indian Valley Golf Course, 3035 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947

MAY

28

SUN
Holy Eucharist
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
All are welcome!
Basic Discipleship with the Rev. C.H. Martin #2
12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
This 5-6 week class for adults will be offered by the Rev. Christopher H. Martin of St. Paul's in San Rafael on Sundays at Noon starting on May 21st in the Vicarage at St. Francis. It is an opportunity to learn the basic skills of daily prayer, to share your spiritual autobiography, and to be in a healthy small group. Up to 4 people can take the class.

Please contact Alberta at deacon@stfrancisnovato.org for further information and to sign up (the deadline is May 14th).

Although not essential for being a part of this group, you may wish to order Christopher's book on Amazon. When you order through AmazonSmile, St. Francis benefits!
MAY

29

MON
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
Daniella and her students
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Daniella and her music students will be in the sanctuary on Monday and Wednesday evenings 3-8 p.m.
Prayer and Discernment Meeting
7:00 PM to 12:00 PM
Meets in the vicarage. Not convened on Holidays.
AA meeting
8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall adjacent to the Church.
MAY

30

TUE
Narcotics Anonymous meeting
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
MAY

31

WED
Daniella and her students
3:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Daniella and her music students will be in the sanctuary on Monday and Wednesday evenings 3-8 p.m.
Craft Group
9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
All crafters welcome for coffee and discussion. Meets in Block Hall.
Vestry Meeting
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
In the Vicarage
JUN

01

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

02

FRI
AA meeting
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Meets in Block Hall.
AA meeting
8:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Meets in Block Hall.