God created the world and all creatures therein. He then created man and woman, and gave them dominion over all the world – the first Stewards.
God has given us a bountiful plenty. He is the source of our talents, treasure, and our time on Earth. As Stewards we find a joy in returning a portion of this abundance to God, through the faithful support of our Community of God, the First Presbyterian Church.
Stewardship is a life-long process, committing our time, talents and treasure to fulfill our mission: to help God change His world to what He intended.
We all have certain gifts or talents that we use every day at work, at home, at play and at church. You may have the ability to organize events, lead activities, sing, entertain, or just be there for a friend.
In 1 Corinthians 12, we learn that spiritual gifts are given to God’s people by the Holy Spirit for “the common good.” Verse 11 says the gifts are given according to God’s sovereign will (“as He determines”). Ephesians 4:12 tells us these gifts are given to prepare God’s people for service and for building up the body of Christ.
The term “spiritual gifts” comes from the Greek words charismata (gifts) and pneumatika (spirits). They are the plural forms of charisma, meaning “expression of grace,” and pneumatikon meaning “expression of Spirit.” While there are different kinds of gifts (1 Corinthians 12:4), ” spiritual gifts” are God-given graces meant for works of service, to benefit and build up the body of Christ as a whole.
Not sure what gifts you have to offer? If you would like more information or would like to have someone review the Gifts Inventory in person with you, contact our church pastor, Pastor Karel Hanhart at 715-723-5717. Go ahead give the inventory a try.
- One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) Offering for Local & Worldwide Mission received on Easter Sunday. Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God’s love with people experiencing need. Our gifts support ministries of disaster response, refugee assistance and resettlement, and community development that help people find safe refuge, start new lives and work together to strengthen their families and communities. The Presbyterian Hunger Program receives 36 percent of undesignated gifts, while Self-Development of People and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance each receives 32 percent. PCUSA Link: http://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/OG999999/
- Pentecost Offering for Youth Mission received Pentecost (50 days following Easter) A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. PCUSA Link:
- Peace & Global Witness Offering (Previously Peacemaking Offering) for Promoting Peace for Local & Worldwide Mission received on World Communion Sunday (1st Sunday of October) A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. Individual congregations are encouraged to utilize up to 25% of this Offering to sustain their local peacemaking ministries. PCUSA Link: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/PM999999/
- Joy Offering for Support of Christian Educators, Pastors, Ethnic Communities received on Christmas Eve. A Presbyterian tradition for nearly 70 years, the Christmas Joy Offering gives vital funding to the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions as well as to Presbyterian-related racial-ethnic schools and colleges. It is one of the four special offerings designated by the PC(USA) General Assembly to provide congregations direct ways to support those in need. The Christmas Joy Offering is usually offered the Sunday before Christmas. PCUSA Link: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/donate/make-a-gift/gift-info/PC999999/