Stewardship

The stewardship department encourages faithful financial support of the Lord’s work through spiritual motivation. It has a selection of materials to assist the church in educating church members in faithful tithing and support of church budget.

 

Offertory Reading

August 23, 2014
UCC Advance

Near the Cairo Museum housing King Tut’s opulent golden burial mask is a simple grave marker in sharp contrast with the following words engraved:

“A man in Christ, He arose and forsook all and followed Him. . . . Apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life.”

William Borden was born heir to the Borden dairy fortune. As a young man, he responded to the call of Christ, and subsequently dedicated his life to mission service in Northern China. His decision cost him  financially and relationally with the family, but he remained resolute. Tragically, while training for mission service, he died at the age of 25.

Afterward, his Bible was found with three inscriptions. “No Reserve,” penned after renouncing his fortune. Next, “No Retreat,” after his father cut him off from the company. And just before he died, “No Regrets.”

While most of us will never have the riches of Borden, a life of partnership with God, partnership in every area of our lives, is truly a life of “No Regrets.”

Today’s offering for UCC Advance allows us to invest in the future of our conference.

Andrew McCrary, Trust Director
Upper Columbia Conference

 

2014 North American Division
Mission Investment Projects

 

Lake Union Conference Mission Investment Projects
 

1. The inner city school districts consider churches to be resources for the community. The projects are to go to the various schools and offer spiritual programs, such as Vacation Bible School (FLAG camp), and to train leaders to assist the impoverished. These dynamic programs create and foster friendships and evangelistic connections within the community.

2. The project at the Burns Seventh-day Adventist Church, located in the heart of Detroit, Michigan, is primarily focused on providing a soup kitchen, mentoring programs for high-risk teens, and conducting Revelation and Eternity Prophecy seminars. Other areas of emphasis are self-development seminars, including drugs, alcohol, finances, divorce, and domestic violence awareness.  Also included are tending to two community greenhouses and a community garden.

 
Columbia Union Mission Investment Project
 
SOULS EAST: The purpose of this project is the restoration of character through true education. This initiative will develop leadership that will labor for the conversion of souls, as Jesus commissioned us. One objective is to inspire and empower churches each year to develop a culture of evangelism. This will empower youth and young adults to be engaged in the mission of the church. SOULS East will recruit, train, mentor, and send out teams of students to work with local churches in the cycle of evangelism through Bible work, literature ministry, and health ministry. These activities will take place throughout the Columbia Union in selected areas and churches and will be in partnership with SOULS West, http://soulswest.org/