H OLY C ROSS L UTHERAN C HURCH Stewardship Team Newsletter
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21 –
THANK YOU! First of all, I want to thank you for your giving. Your offerings and gifts have enabled us to continue, and even expand, the ministry inside and outside of our church. Our church has offered all of us a variety of opportunities for worship, education, and fellowship. Your generous giving has also helped people around the globe, as well as people in your neighborhood. I’m amazed at how giving many of you are. When there is a need, many of you step up and give. Many of you give money, soap, laundry detergent, prayer shawls, Bibles, your time, musical talent, etc.... The list goes on.... We are truly a church with ministry and mission, and the church uses those gifts to these ends. Secondly, I want to assure you that every dollar spent has been carefully thought through and spent with careful consideration. Over the past few years, the church has attempted to reduce costs by decreasing staff. This quite often did not reduce the worship or education opportunities offered by our church. Our church staff is known for ‘thinking outside the box.’ We also have not had two full-time pastors for many years. Many of the Ministry Teams’ budgets have remained the same, and some have even reduced their budgets. The leadership, staff, and pastors have all been very careful with the church’s budget. There have been cost-cutting practices done in many areas of our church. I want to assure you that the money that you gift to Holy Cross is spent very wisely. Unfortunately, quite often our church has been living offering-to-offering... week-to-week.... Your financial gifts are necessary to literally keep the lights on. Thirdly, our new building expansion was done with the needs of the church in mind. By adding on this additional space, we have opened up a new door of opportunities for our church. This investment has enabled us to once again have fellowship with one another. Our children can enjoy what most of us had as kids: their own Sunday school rooms. Our Chapel is open to anyone seeking a quiet place. Our thriving Preschool is offering a Christian education that we can be proud of. The Coffee Shop and Fellowship Hall have now become the milling areas when we aren’t in the Sanctuary. What a great environment where we can meet new people, as well as find a friend. By building this new addition, we are now able to continue our mission and ministry in bigger and better ways. And fourthly, I truly thank you for all of the ways you have been involved in the mission and ministry of Holy Cross.... May we all continue to be aware of our gifts and how we are called to use them! Thanks be to God! Court Anderson, Holy Cross Council President
VOLUME 10, ISSUE 1 January 2012
Quarterly Statistics 2 My Stewardship Story
Reflections from Scripture
Year-to-Date Giving Statement (2011)
Dave Anderson Tom Barr Rick Cerkowniak Mike Dircksen Aaron Kvistero Bruce Swan Nolan Thompson
It is the mission of the Stewardship Team to help people grow in faith as trustees of God’s generous gifts.
MONTHLY STATISTICS October — December 2011 Mission & Ministry Income $ 241,429 Expenses $ 228,556 M&M Budget 2011 $ 171,427 Building Mort. & Maint. Fund Income $ 31,421 Expenses $ 34,655 B&M Budget 2011 $ 44,300 Mortgage Loan Balance $ 785,705 Construction Loan Balance $ 2,000,000
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Generous Person in the Bible: David’s Prayer By Grace Duddy, Luther Seminary When it comes to stewardship, what differentiates the church from every other nonprofit? In an age when we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to give, does the church have any unique claim?
We have all heard numerous temple talks and giving appeals in our congregations that tell great stories but ultimately miss the point that stewardship is not about us and our decisions, it is about God and our relationship with God. Stewardship is first and foremost a faith relationship and secondarily a financial relationship. In the later part of 1 Chronicles 29, David follows his invitation to give with a prayer that frames the offerings of the people in the context of their relationship with God. In this prayer, David clearly articulates the relationship between the giver and God through praise, thanksgiving and petition. David begins his prayer, in verses 10-13, by praising God for who God is. David names God’s attributes before the people: “Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty” (1 Ch 29:11). God is indeed a mighty ruler. David acknowledges God as the owner and ruler of all things, whether on heaven or on earth.
God is not only the creator but also the possessor of all things. Everything belongs to God, including the material offerings that have just been given. God is the ruler over all things; and God is the bestower of power, might and strength. God in God’s self is mighty to be praised! David and his people can take no credit for their generosity. They are only channels for the resources that God has graciously given to them. This giving is not about the gift; it is about the relationship between God and God’s people. God is a God of abundance who gracefully shares God’s abundance with God’s people. In his prayer, David clearly articulates that giving is not about the gift; it is about the relationship. God is the creator and owner of all that we have. Giving is an opportunity to praise God with our whole selves – our voices and our wallets.
This relationship is what separates the church from other nonprofits. It is the task of the church to focus the giver’s need to give rather than the church’s need to receive. Giving appeals and temple talks should always reflect the importance of the relationship between God and the giver. Stewardship is a matter of prayer, faith, worship, praise and thanksgiving before it is ever a matter of finances. Submitted by Rick Cerkowniak, Stewardship Team
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Whoever speaks is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11 ~
Stewardship means “belonging to God.” All that we are all that we have comes from God, and we are responsible to God for how we use these gifts. Each of us had been given a unique set of gifts, and God desires that we use these gifts. There are so many ways for us to share these gifts at Holy Cross. Your talents, time, and treasures are needed by your church community. Whether it is ushering, leadership, teaching, or helping out in other ways, we give back to God by utilizing these gifts. In the New Year, the Stewardship Team asks that you take a close look at what you have and what gift you may want to share. Let us all strive to be better stewards in the name of God. By Aaron Kvistero, HCLC Treasurer & Stewardship Team
Holy Cross Stewardship Team Newsletter January 2012