Welcome the children/welcome God

RCL Reflection, 18th Sunday after Pentecost, Proper 20, Year B, Sept. 23, 2018
Welcoming the vulnerable God in the face of our neighbors near and far is not a far-removed dream but an ever-present and pressing reality. Greatness is not found in the world’s definition of the word but rather in aligning ourselves with those for whom a welcome is not always found. We are to feed, love, and seek out those the world overlooks. (Photo: Alex Eflon, Creative Commons)

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Introduction to faithful financial stewardship

This six-week series of sermons, bible study and children’s messages will help teach folks not only the spiritual side of money, but also how to manage their household income more effectively. Prepared by the United Methodist Foundation of Western North Carolina, this 87-page guide provides everything you need. (Photo: Filip Pticek, Creative Commons)

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Your October ‘Stewardship Toolbox’ theme: Money

Here is an all-in-one resource for your congregation’s monthly stewardship communications, education and planning. You’ll find “cut-and-paste” short “Stewardship Snippets” tied to the RCL readings for every Sunday’s bulletin, a newsletter article, and resources to “Teach,” “Preach,” “Lead,” “Think’, and “Do” stewardship. (Photo: Per Erik Strandberg, Creative Commons)

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Think outside the line item with a narrative budget

It’ll happen every time! The finance team has worked hard to craft a budget and is excited about the ministries it will fund, but the confusing line-item spreadsheet leaves the congregation nonplussed. Why not try a narrative budget, which helps explain expenditures through the stories of your congregation’s ministries. (Photo © trotzolga –

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