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Stewardship Theme: 2016 Sep to 2017 Aug

Stewardship Committee

We, the Stewardship Committee believe that Stewardship is about how we live out our faith. Stewardship is a way to give, a way to follow, and a way to live. We trust in the abundance of all that God has given us and believe that we are called to help inspire, empower, and encourage faithful followers of Christ to use the gifts that have been given to further the ministry and mission of God in the world.

We are guided by our mission here at Robertson-Wesley which states: Our mission at Robertson-Wesley United Church is to worship God, share each other's joy and sorrows, grow in faith and lead active Christian lives of service in the world.

The Stewardship Committee is responsible for helping people find ways to actively live out their faith through pledge drives, through sharing their own personal stories of how God has called them to share their gifts with others, and through encouraging habits of giving of our time, talent and treasures. We continue to promote and support generous giving to Mission and Service. We also dedicate ourselves to helping people find ways and places to be faithful Stewards. Through the exploration of a yearly Stewardship theme we also continue to deepen our congregations understanding of what it means to be Stewards in God's world.

Stewardship Breakfast

Guest speaker, Vern Thiessen

2017 Saturday, Jan 21, 10:00 am

The Stewardship Committee invites you to join us for breakfast and talk. First enjoy a continental breakfast in Memorial Hall and time with friends before the speaker portion begins.

Vern Thiessen is one of Canada’s most produced playwrights. SHAKESPEARE'S WILL, APPLE, EINSTEIN'S GIFT, VIMY, and BIRD BRAIN all premiered in Edmonton, and have gone on to hundreds of productions in Canada, the US, the UK, Europe, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Vern is the winner of the Dora, Sterling, and Carol Bolt awards for Outstanding New Play. He is also the recipient of the City of Edmonton Arts Achievement Award, the University of Alberta Alumni Award, and the Governor General’s Award for Drama, Canada’s highest honour for playwriting. He was recently nominated for a City of Edmonton Award for Outstanding Artistic Leadership.

After seven years living and working in New York City, Vern returned to Edmonton in 2014 to become Artistic Director of Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre. He is married to best-selling novelist Susie Moloney.

Tickets ($20) will be available for several weeks after Service in December and into the New Year. Buy one for yourself and/or as a gift for a friend.

Stewardship Breakfast

Guest speaker, Michelle Nieviadomy

2016 Saturday, Mar 5 from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

The Stewardship Committee invites you to join us for breakfast and talk. First enjoy a continental breakfast in Memorial Hall and time with friends. Then sit back and listen to inspirational words from our special speaker, Michelle Nieviadomy who will speak to our Stewardship Theme about what forces guide her life's work. Michelle is a member of the Kawactoose Cree First Nation. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Edmonton Native Healing Centre and has recently stepped into the role of Oskapew (helper) with the Inner City Pastoral Ministry.

Tickets ($20) will be available for several weeks after Service in December and into the New Year. Buy one for yourself and/or as a gift for a friend.

Pizza and a Movie

Jedi Stewardship Training

2015 Sunday, Oct 4 from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm
The force is growing stronger.are you with it?

We will be watching THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, one of the most epic Star Wars movies where we will witness Luke Skywalker's Jedi training with Master Yoda.

This movie has inspired this year's Stewardship Theme: "The Force is growing stronger... are you with it?" As we learn about the Force through this movie we will begin exploring what God is calling us to do in this world of ours. How will our actions bring light to the world?

It is time for our own leap of faith or as Yoda says: "Do or do not. There is no try." This is an event for all ages!! Dress up as your favorite character.

Mission and Service Fund

While it is important to support our local Robertson-Wesley congregation and its work through regular giving of our time, talent and treasure, it is just as important that we support the church as a whole. We do this by giving to the Mission and Service Fund of the United Church of Canada - our Church. Collectively the contributions of all members and adherents of the United Church allow the church mission to be carried out at the local, national and international level. We are proud of the things that are made possible through our generous contributions to this fund.

For further information please take some time to look at the M & S web page on the United Church website.

The Minutes for Mission booklet gives many examples of how we work through partner organizations at home and abroad to do the work of the church.

All funds sent to Robertson-Wesley United Church designated to the M & S fund are submitted to the United Church head office and count as contributions from our congregation but you can give directly as well. Another good way to help is through the Gifts with Vision program. Gift someone you love with a gift of hope for others. Hard copies of this booklet are also available at Robertson-Wesley.

Mission and Service Celebrations

Periodically -- about every three months -- we have a Mission and Service (M & S) Celebration in worship, when we invite those who have had a special event in their lives recently (e.g., a birthday, a birth, a move, a new job) to put a special donation into the bucket for the Mission and Service Fund.

Prayer for the New Parish

God of All People, Cultures and Places,
Your love encompasses everything in creation.
By your Spirit form us into a people
of holistic, inclusive love
actively seeking the renewal and reconciliation
of ALL people, things and places.

The New Parish, Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, Dwight J. Friesen, p. 113


Prayer of St Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled, as to console;
To be understood, as to understand;
To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

A better future

I have faith in a better future, because I have faith that most human beings want to do the right thing. If we can put aside differences in ideology, if we can learn to love one another, then one day we will enjoy a world where no one need live in fear, where no one need go hungry, where everyone can enjoy a good education, the fellowship of friendly neighbours, and the security of a world at peace with itself at long last.

Lois Hole

Many roads

There are many roads to the Creator. I encourage people to get on one.

Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde

Faithful presence

"Faithful presence" is a phrase that describes the relational view of the world. It means that in each situation we are listening for what our relationships require of us and responding according to our capacity. Each relationship might require a nuanced response. That is why presence is so important. We must be present to our situation, listening for what the Spirit is calling us toward.

The New Parish, Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens, Dwight J. Friesen, p. 59

Adaptive leadership

In the midst of action, you have to be able to reflect on your own attitudes and behaviour to better calibrate your interventions into the complex dynamics of organizations and communities.

Ronal Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linsky, The Practice of Adaptive Leadership

What God is up to

If you want to discover and discern what God is up to in the world just now, stop trying to answer the question from within the walls of your churches. Like strangers in need of hospitality who have left their baggage behind, enter the neighbourhoods and communities where you live. Sit at a table of the other, and there you may begin to hear what God is doing.

Alan J. Roxburgh, Missional: Joining God in the Neighbourhood

We can't solve problems

We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.

Albert Einstein

Ways We are Moved to Give

Turning to One Another:
the gift of community

by Devika Short

We turn to the right, we are here
We turn to the left, we are also here
We look up to the sky; we look down to the ground
Here stands our community, all gathered around.