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Stewardship in Advent Series: Give Thanks

First Sunday of Advent, Year C, November 29, 2015
This year enter Advent with prayer and thanksgiving. Focus on building relationships rather than credit card debt. Do random acts of kindness and generosity rather than stressing over the perfect Christmas. You’ll be glad you did! (Photo: Peggy2012CREATIVELENZ, Creative Commons)


Want happiness? Choose Gratitude!

“If you want a truly happy holiday, choose to keep the ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving, whether you feel like it or not,” says Arthur C. Brooks, writing in a recent New York Times op-ed. Read more about the importance of choosing gratitude. (Photo:, Creative Commons)

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Develop Your Church’s Memorial and Honor Giving

The gift planning strategy of a local congregation should be geared to encouraging people to give and to make it easier for them to do so. Honor gifts (donated in the name of living people) and memorial gifts (donated in the name of the deceased) are wonderful vehicles for giving, but many churches fail to make the most of them by having no set policies or sloppy policies on how to handle them. Here are some practical tips. (Photo: Bill McChesney, Creative Commons)


An Advent Video Worth Watching!

Check out the new video from the Advent Conspiracy! It’s a good one to share. It’s a good one to provoke conversation. And, it’s a good one to inspire change. P.S.: You really can roast coffee beans with a popcorn popper! (Photo: Advent Conspiracy, Creative Commons)

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Environmental Sermon Reflections for Advent

Put creation care consciousness into your Advent preaching this year! Lutherans Restoring Creations has some great preaching reflections for each of the Sundays of Advent Year C, beginning Nov. 29.  (Photo: Christopher Bulle, Creative Commons)


Need a Little “Hygge” in your Life?

It’s a word that has no English equivalent, but for the Danes (and other Scandinavians!) it’s an essential concept that may explain why they landed at the top of the United Nations World Happiness Report. Read the article and ponder how you might add more “hygge” to your life and to that of your faith… Read more»

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Thanksgiving Worship Ideas

Here are some go-to places for planning your congregation’s weekday Thanksgiving Service, or for including a Thanksgiving component to worship for the Sunday before or after. You an also simply suggest some fun, creative activities for families. (Photo: AlicePopkorn, Creative Commons)

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A Spirituality of Abundance: The Ministry of Planned Giving

Planned Giving work is an essential component in the ministry of any parish and in the individual lives of disciples of Jesus Christ. Planned Giving programs mediate God’s love and have been proven over time to bear much fruit in the lives of potential prospects and donors. This handy document provides a solid theological foundation for this important work. (Photo © alswart –

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Tips for a Green Thanksgiving

What to be a better steward during the coming holidays and holy days? SOLI has you covered. This week check out easy tips for a more environmentally friendly Thanksgiving from Interfaith Power & Light. These ideas help you care for creation AND give thanks with family and friends. (Photo: Faith Goble, Creative Commons)


Hold Fast! Keep the Faith.

Lectionary Reflection for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost, Year B, November 15, 2015
This week’s lessons encourage us to remember that our great stone edifices and proud prairie worship houses—all lovingly constructed to the glory of God and for the sake of community—will not stand forever. Yet, our Lord tell us to not be alarmed. We are to hold fast and keep the faith. (Photo: Guillermo Viciano, Creative Commons)