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A Fast of First Fruits

Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday in Lent, Year C, February 14, 2016
Are you “giving up” something for Lent? Forget the nominal “sacrifices” this year. Ask instead, “What fast of ‘first fruits’ do I need to offer to God? What really matters? (Photo: Faith Goble, Creative Commons)

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Why ‘Busy’ is NOT Good Stewardship

This article from Relevant Magazine gives seven good reasons why being chronically busy is bad for your health and wellness. In short, being so very “busy” is not good stewardship. (Photo: © mtkang –

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Pope Francis’ Lenten Message of Creation

Pope Francis issued a letter and released a video for Lent this past week touching on issues of creation care. We can learn from the Pope’s message strategy. Creation care is universal and involves everyone because it impacts everyone, regardless of religious affiliation. (Photo: Semilla Luz, Creative Commons)


What’s Your Money, Debt, and Generosity Type?

It’s been suggested that Americans fall into one of four groups when it comes to how we manage money: Perfectionists, Dreamers, Procrastinators and Wanderers. Which are you? Is it where you want to be, and what can you do about it? Good reading from COMPASS.


Stewardship Education Grants Available

Got a creative idea for stewardship education? The Stewardship of Life Institute is offering grants to help fund projects to advance stewardship in the ELCA. Applications are submitted online and due on March 15 for the next funding round. See details inside! (Photo by FrankieLeon, used by Creative Commons license.)


Treasure Hunt

Ash Wednesday Lectionary Nuggets, Year C, February 10, 2016
Here we go again! The 40 days of Lent are upon us and so, too, will be the ashen crosses on our forehead that mark this beginning. The lessons offer rich possibility for proclamation–everything from piety and spiritual practices to returning to God with broken and contrite hearts, to the cost of discipleship, and (of course) stewardship. (Photo:


Parenting Money Autobiography

Because children learn from observing parents’ stewardship practices, the Faith & Money Network offers this “parents’ supplement” to their money autobiography. Consider using is during Lent. (Photo: foilman, Creative Commons)

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Support Your Pastor’s Health

Among professionals, clergy tend to be among the less healthy. But congregations can help their leaders achieve a greater level of wellness and health, says this post from the Lewis Center for Clergy Leadership. (Photo © Sebastian Duda –

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Tell Your Story!

What’s the best way to excite people about giving to your ministry? The simple truth is to tell the story of how your donors’ contributions connect to a ministry that changes people’s lives, says this blog post from Horizons Stewardship Company.  (Photo © mangostock –

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Five Reasons Why I Give: Reflections from a Millennial

You’ve heard it over and over: It’s hard to get Millennials to church, and even harder to get them to contribute generously. Here’s testimony from a young man who finds it joyful and fulfilling to give generously. What can we learn from him? From Ecumenical Stewardship Center. (Photo © momius –