All discipleship involves mission. "Every member of the Church is called to evangelize, and the practice of authentic Christian stewardship inevitably leads to evangelization."
Stewardship Committee Update
One of the strangest-sounding truths of stewardship is that the need of the giver to give is greater than the need of others to receive. At first, it sounds strange. Strange but true.
Great artistic works come forth because of the need of artists to give the gifts within them. Even the Dead Sea is a dead sea because it is a dead-end, and has no outlet. It continually receives water but never gives water. It isn’t God who needs prayer. It’s the person praying who need prayer.
A person may be poor, rich, middle-class. But all people, to be fully human, need to give their time and skills and possessions to others. We’re made that way… like a rose is made to give to others its beauty and fragrance.
When do God’s sons and daughters realize that everything they have really comes from God, belongs to God, and that they are stewards and managers of goods that don’t belong to them… that God intended that they use these gifts for the benefit or others? It dawns on some people early in life, some on their deathbed, and others miss it entirely.
If and when that insight does come, it usually doesn’t come from a long reasoning process. It’s one of those deep down truths that simply dawns on a person in a flash of insight. It is, in the end, a grace from God.
To catch that insight, and live by it, is called stewardship.
(Adapted from a meditation written by Bishop Ken Untener, Diocese of Saginaw)
Why Use Envelopes ?
Because it enables us to recognize you as a practicing Catholic and contributing member of our parish. Very often we receive request for letters of verification for purposes of acting as sponsor at Baptism, Confirmation, etc. Without having a record of giving, it is difficult to do.
Tax season will be upon us soon. The Parish Office will track contributions IF you use your registered parishioners envelopes.
Your registered envelopes are personalized with your envelope number as well as a space for your name, address, and amount. If you do not have registered envelopes, please contact the parish office for assistance in receiving them. Office hours are 9am-1pm Mon-Fri or call 252-523-8898.
From Stewardship Commitee
Our Parish is attempting to organize around the concept of STEWARDSHIP. On the front of this year's weekly offertory envelopes you have the opportunity to indicate in each area your participation. We will then be able to see how we are giving our Time, Talent and Treasure as a Community. We thank you for your cooperation.
All of this service information will be recorded to indicate our TOTAL PARISH CONTRIBUTION to our stewardship committee.
TIME / PRAYER _________________________ record time this week
TALENT / SERVICE ____________________hrs served in the Parish
TREASURE / SHARING _____________________ amount of offering