Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Stewardship expresses our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control. It is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service. We are stewards of the resources, abilities and opportunities that God has entrusted to our care, and one day we will be called to give an account for how we have managed these gifts.

THE IMPACT of generosity

Stewardship 2020

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.   

                                     - John Wesley                                                             

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How did you share the gift given?

"I went to Oakdale Park to check the shelters to see if they were available during the time I (had already said) my going away gathering was to take place (the following day). There was a man sitting at one of the picnic tables, who was charging his phone. I went up, checked, went back to my car and saw the “Impact of Generosity” envelope in the passenger seat. At the probable slight, but present risk of being a total [jerk], I picked it up and went back to have a conversation with the man. Appearance can be deceiving, and while he definitely appeared homeless (or at least down on his luck), walking up to someone with a hero complex chip on your shoulder can be very off putting. But, ‘just start small and let it grow. It’ll be fine.’ So we talked a little bit about how he was doing, he definitely seemed to be of a mentality that the rough situation he currently found himself in was of his own doing and he was doing his best to prepare for the coming cold by enjoying the warmth of the sunlight coming down that Saturday. He asked if I could watch his stuff while he went to the store and back real quick, but I was in a hurry so I gave him (and his book bag and three grocery bags of food) a ride to the store and back in my little Miata. It was a tight squeeze but we made it work. I told him that if he was around the park at 3:00 the next day I’d be happy to give him some cake and I’d bring along some nice heavy gloves that I no longer need. He sounded like he was going to be hanging around the park for the foreseeable future (probably sleeping there somewhere) and would for sure be stopping by. So I prepared the pair of gloves I had in mind for him, a nice leather jacket I’ve had for over a decade that’s worn but warm and good at keeping the wind at bay, and a good stocking hat that I never wear. The next day after church got out, a cold front had already started coming in so I went to the park to see if he was there. And I found him sitting there under the same shelter. I gave him the hat, gloves, and scarf and told him that if he was still around at 3:00 to stop by and get a piece of cake. At 3:00 when I came back, he didn’t come over for cake, but I’m pretty sure it was him wearing the old hat and coat two shelters away. What I haven’t told you yet, is that the store he wanted me to take him to was a liquor store. And I took him there. And it is very likely that this $5 that you entrusted to me to give away generously, helped a homeless man buy beer. It is my sincere hope that the connection this interaction fostered benefits his soul more than the alcohol negatively effects his body and psyche. Only the absence of time will tell."

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what gift of generosity have you been given?

"My dad died unexpectedly the day before Thanksgiving. He was a soybean farmer and half his crop was still in the field. The night after his funeral it snowed. Two weeks later the neighbors and church congregation drove into his fields with combines, grain wagons, and trucks. Even the non-farmer pastor participated. All Saturday and Sunday they worked. They gave so generously of their equipment, their skill and their resources. The church women served meals both days. By dark Sunday night, Daddy's final crop was in the bins. The pastor said he knew of no better way to worship our Lord. What a wonderful gift of generosity."

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What is your definition of generosity?

Here are a few of the responses we received when we asked the congregation to tell us – What is YOUR definition of generosity?

  • To give from the heart in recognition of others’ hearts.
  • When you see someone who has less, give until YOU have less.
  • A willingness and a call to share.
  • Acts of kindness.
  • Giving of your time, talents, love and faith to others with no strings attached.
  • Abundant giving.
  • Giving enough that it hurts just a wee bit – yet a good wee bit. 

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View the photos from the FROGS youth service week by clicking HERE>.

Coat Closet

The joint effort between Sunrise and First Presbyterian Churches to collect and give away coats was a resounding SUCCESS! We collected 400 coats and over 300 people benefited from your generosity. Thank you to the many volunteers and staff for making it possible to help fill an obvious need in our community.

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stories of generosity


generations of generosity - Stewardship 2019

stories of generosity