Rise up, rise up!
make it a Habit.

Stewardship Theme: 2017 Sep to 2018 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.

Ways We are Moved to Give

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.
Amen.

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

RISE UP! RISE UP! GET IN THE HABIT!

The Stewardship Team met in June to begin planning a year round program designed to inspire, invite and thank supporters of RW. Service themes for October explored how we can embrace the Spirit. We examined how God provides abundantly, connects us and calls us in many ways. Bread was chosen to symbolize God’s abundant gifts for us. During the Coming into God’s Presence section of our October services our Committee engaged our younger members to experience the elements of bread through hands on activities. Many children and youth had not seen or handled wheat in a sheaf, wheat kernels, canola seed or flour. On October 29th we mixed the elements together {flour, oil, salt and water}. But something was missing. All we had was flat bread. What we needed was action. We needed leaven or yeast to make our bread rise up and make the whole greater than the parts. Members added leaven and the bread rose up! The congregation was invited to respond to God’s call and promises by pledging of our talents and treasure.

At RW every member is an important element. When we add the SPIRIT to our lives it will add the leaven which inspires us to action. We can begin where we are, use what we have and do what we can.

PLEDGING supports a planned response to God’s call at RW. EVERYONE is an important element. Be LIKE LEAVEN! RISE UP! MAKE PLEDGING A HABIT!

Pledge forms are available in the display racks at the church or on the website. It’s not too late to send in your pledge to the office!

Quotes

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.
Amen.

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

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.

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