Beth Coffman, Editor November 2019
…From the Interim Pastor, Lindley G. DeGarmo
The predominant view of worldly possessions in the Bible is the concept of “stewardship,” the belief that God is the source of all that we have in life including life itself. We are entrusted with all the talents and gifts of life as an expression of God’s love for us, a trust to be used wisely and well.
Dr. Ernest Campbell, the late pastor emeritus of the Riverside Church in New York City, has said that in light of the fact that all that we have comes as a gift from God, the issue that should concern us is not “What shall I give to God, and why?” but rather “What shall I keep and why?” That latter question reflects the larger issue of stewardship that underlies all that the Bible tells us about what God asks of us, and what we can do to respond to the abundance of love that God has showered upon us.
The first part of understanding stewardship has to do with knowing that God has entrusted much to us. The second part is believing that we can trust God to always take care of us. Trust, in that sense, is a two-way street when it comes to stewardship.
There is a parable that illustrates the problem that develops when we stop trusting God and start to allow our financial anxieties to overwhelm us. Jesus describes the situation when a man goes on a journey and entrusts his property to his stewards. To each he gave varying amounts of “talents,” a denomination of money in the ancient world. Those who prove trustworthy—using what they have received to produce more—are praised by the master when he returns. But the steward who is afraid and buries his talent so as not to lose it is condemned by the returning master and even that which the steward has is taken away. The object of good stewardship, then, is to use well what has been entrusted to you.
Giving to the church is a part of the larger issue of stewardship. Stewardship is looking at all that you have and knowing that “all good gifts around us come from heaven above,” as the song from Godspell says. It is responding with generosity out of all the generosity you have received. Practically speaking, stewardship is not a “one-time gift” of $100, $500, or $1,000. Stewardship is returning to God a portion of all that you have received on a regular, usually weekly, basis.
How much should you give? Only you can decide what represents a faithful pledge for you and yours. I encourage you, however, to consider prayerfully increasing your financial support of Union Church in 2020, and to make a commitment to give regularly throughout the year.
Together we can do great things for the gospel which has been entrusted to us.
See you in church!
|Nov. 3||“The Work of Waiting” Psalm 119:137-144; Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4|
|Nov. 10||“Skipping to the End” Haggai 1:15- 2:9; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5, 13-17|
|Nov. 17||“Full Disclosure” Isaiah 65:17-25; Luke 21:5-19|
|Nov. 24||“Celebrating the Bounty” Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Philippians 4:4-9|
|Nov. 24||Mattoon/DeGarmo/Finlayson Thanksgiving Brunch|
Please consider hosting a Fellowship Hour. Currently there are many Sundays open in December and next year. Thank you!!
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Union Church will celebrate Thanksgiving on Sunday, November 24. There will be a single worship service at 10:00 a.m., followed by a special Thanksgiving brunch buffet. Pledges of financial support for the church’s ministry during 2020 will be dedicated during the worship service. All are encouraged to come and give thanks for God’s bounty! (There will not be a Thanksgiving Eve Service this year.)
FINE ARTS EVENT
MORGANELLI JAZZ CONCERT
Mark Morganelli will be performing a collection of Brazilian and classic jazz standards on Sunday, November 10th at 3:00 in the Sanctuary with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Tickets can be purchased for $10 each in advance on Sundays after worship services, reservations can be made by calling or emailing the church office (914.631.2069/ email@example.com). Tickets should also be available at the door on the day of the event.
Harvest Fair 2020
Blessed with sparking blue skies, a legion of members and friends came together in great fellowship for the Harvest Fair sale on October 18 & 19, which generated over $20,000 in net revenue for the 2019 budget. A special call-out is due the amazing department heads, who pulled this community event together in so little time – Kim Perry & Dawn Lorenz, who wrangled White Elephant; Rita Chapin for her splendid effort in Clothing; Beth Coffman’s tireless work on Books; myself & Carla Delandri in Antiques (and Victoria Mattoon, who’s work in past years provided beautiful inventory), Bill Graham, who nurtured the Plant tent, Matt Mattoon & Michael Lorenz in Furniture; Bob Sweeney in Parking; Greg Perry, for spearheading Food Truck arrangements; and Dianne Sweeney for Publicity. Each of these people were supported by many other volunteers throughout the process, who collectively deserve a huge round of applause. Finally, from the gently used to the highly collectible, thanks are also due all who remember UCPH with the contributions that make this sale possible. Cheers everyone! It was a wonderful experience.
Prayers continue to be requested for Pheobe Luciano who is in rehabilitation after a serious car accident.
If you wish to request the prayers of the congregation, please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-631-2069
We, here in the surrounding areas of Union Church, are blessed with such abundance that we tend sometimes to forget that there are those who “have not”. That is why there is The Food Bank of Westchester. This organization serves over 300 communities throughout Westchester with food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult care centers and shelters. That is a tall order!! Once again, we have a chance to make a difference in the lives of those not as fortunate as we are. You will be receiving a Thanksgiving offering envelope soon. Please help the Food Bank of Westchester in their mission to eradicate hunger in Westchester. Thank you.
CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR CHILDREN
Christmas gift requests for children, distributed through the Grandparents Coalition of Westchester will be available beginning November 17. People are asked to buy one gift from the wish list of three items and spend no more than $40. Help to brighten a child’s Christmas. Gifts are due back to the church on December 15.
Be sure to attach the form to the outside of the wrapped gift so that all information is readable and will get to the correct agency and child.
A Christmas Poinsettia order form is included in this Tower Chimes and will be distributed in our Sunday service bulletins. Please complete and return your form, along with your check, no later than December 15. All checks should be made payable to Union Church. Remember to print legibly so your dedication will be accurate in the bulletin. Thank you!
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