DARE TO LIVE FEARLESSLY…The following short parable tells a fundamental truth about Stewardship:
In the Holy Land there are two significant bodies of water. Both are fed by the Jordan River. In one, fish live, play, and breed. In the other there are no fish, no sounds of birds, no grass that grows. The difference is not in the Jordan, but in the Sea of Galilee: every drop taken in goes out. It gives and therefore lives. The other sea receives but gives nothing. It is the Dead Sea.
So it is with people. Those who extend themselves and freely give to others are, by and large, healthier and happier than those who do not. We are called to be rivers not reservoirs. The same is true of congregations. Healthier ones look beyond their membership to see what they can give to the world. Dying ones are content to care for their buildings and current members. They are more museums than centers for mission.
Are you a river or a reservoir? Are you marking time until death, or actively engaged in the world for the sake of others? It’s safe to say Jesus was a river, and Judas was a reservoir. Christians obviously are called to be like Jesus not Judas.
- The Rev. Dr. John R. Sabatelli
Giving, from what God has first given you, is a personal decision. The Bible speaks often about giving, not because God needs our money, but because trusting in Him by sharing what you have, is an important part of growing in your relationship with Him. It's not an "admission fee" or a fee for services, but giving is essential in order for LCGS to carry out its mission. We encourage our members to tithe as is taught in the Bible and to give of their time and talents as well to the benefit of the Kingdom.
Most of our members and guests choose to give by participating in the weekly offering during services. More and more, people are choosing to give through our Egiving program which allows for electronic deduction from a bank account or credit card as a single or re-occurring offering. Egiving can be used to sponsor altar flowers, pay for retreat or make a memorial or special gift.