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RCL Reflection, 16th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 19, Year A, September 24, 2017
When I hear the words of Jesus in this Sunday’s parable, I am reminded of the problem we have with generosity. We want to control it, to manage it, and to conform it to our vision of what and who is worthy of it. God’s generosity doesn’t work that way at all. God is lavish with all of creation. Even the last and the least are worthy of God’s love and saving grace, of care and concern, and of a place at the bounteous table of blessing. (Photo: Jim Fischer, Creative Commons)

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The Bible’s Faith and Money Lessons

This Bible study series will keep your adult Christian education classes busy for a month — or just use the lessons individually. Amazingly simple, the studies ask participants to prayerfully read key Scripture passages organized around a weekly theme, and then discuss thought-provoking questions. From the United Methodist Stewardship Foundation. (Photo © Alfredo Maller – Fotolia.com)

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Your October ‘Stewardship Toolbox’

This is an assortment of “tools” for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications and education: “cut-and-paste” short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, an article for your monthly newsletter or website. You’ll also find links for resources to “Teach,” “Preach,” “Think’, and “Do” stewardship. Prepared by SOLI web editor Rob Blezard. (Photo: Ken, Creative Commons)

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4 Last-Minute Stewardship Ideas

It happens to the best of congregations: It’s almost October and you haven’t yet planned a fall stewardship emphasis. It’s too late to pull out the stops and go with a complicated program with a lot of moving parts, but here are four ideas for a simple stewardship campaign. If your congregation hasn’t done much with stewardship in a while, these can serve as warm-ups to next year’s campaign … which you can begin planning in January! (Photo: Michael Duxbury, Creative Commons)

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