I met with the Vestry Stewardship Team this past week to talk about our many ministries here at Emmanuel, and how we can recognize the good stewardship of time, talents, passion and skills, in addition to financial giving, that we already do in our life together. One of the things we talked about was intentionally creating ‘seasons’ of stewardship of various gifts. Think of it like a month or two of talking about and celebrating how we are stewards of gifts like our time, God’s creation, our health, our learning, our Sabbath time, our children. We’re working on a plan to celebrate and recognize and teach about stewardship in different areas, all year long.
We may not have that calendar of year-round stewardship themes worked out and implemented yet, but it feels like the gospel readings in Matthew (starting last week and looking forward a few more weeks) are creating a season for us to talk about stewardship of relationship and community.