God, in our Baptism, has entrusted each of us with special and particular talents and skills for building up the Church and serving God’s Mission on earth, these are our spiritual gifts. In order to be good stewards of our spiritual gifts, we first need to know what they are.
Please take a few minutes this week to complete this on-line spiritual gift inventory, to help you identify what your spiritual gifts are: http://www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices/Assessment-Tools. Then begin to reflect on how God may be calling you to use your gifts as a good steward of all God has entrusted to you.
There will also be paper copies of the inventory available at church starting on Wednesday, October 7.
We will be focusing this fall on connecting Stewardship to our Time and Talents by identifying our Spiritual Gifts, connecting our gifts/talents to the ministries of the church, and committing our time and talents to at least 3 ministry areas. We will also be having another “Try Tithing Sunday,” as we challenge ourselves to grow one step toward tithing.
Stewardship is about our whole life, not just money and our offerings to church. God actually invites us into a way of life, where our faith is lived out in all aspects of our lives. This is what Biblical Stewardship is all about: a way of life.
Throughout the month of October we will be focusing on the 6 Core Christian Values for Stewardship. We will also be hearing stories of how our financial stewardship and our stewardship of time and talent impacts the ministries and mission of the whole congregation and our neighbors near and far.
6 Core Christian Values for the Stewardship of Life
- Trust in God’s Abundance
- The Bible and Tradition Gives Us Guidance
- Stewardship Affects All Aspects of Life
- Stewardship Expresses Our Interconnectedness
- Christian Stewardship Engages Our Culture
- Financial Health Is an Expression of Faith
Stay Tuned for more information about the upcoming Try tithing Sunday!!
You wake up on March 7th, 2016 and instead of snow, you hear birds singing and feel the warmth of the sunshine coming through the window. Then you hear motorcycles and loud music and you know you aren’t in Minnesota anymore. You get up and dress to the smell of breakfast cooking because it wasn’t your turn today and find one of your team members has made a scrumptious scrambled eggs and salsa dish. You eat breakfast and your host/interpreter/driver taking you to the Kid’s Alive campus, picks you up at the door and drives you and your team to the area. There you see hundreds of smiling faces that are excited to see you and you know you made the right decision.
The equipment gets pulled out that you will be working with that day and you spend your day sweating, and getting grimy or maybe covered in paint and laughing and sharing time with your team and knowing that you are making a difference. You stop at lunch and go to the cafeteria where the kids are eating and you sit and have lunch with them, knowing it may be the only hot meal they are getting that day. They are still happy and smiling and laughing like most children their age, even though they are living in a third world country and have very little. You see their smiling faces and know you made the right decision.
After working at the campus all day, the host/interpreter takes the team back to the team house where the shower feels good and a local woman has come to fix dinner for the team. The smells coming out of the kitchen are wonderful and you realize you have worked up quite an appetite. You eat supper with the team and after a devotion time, you spend the evening doing any number of activities from playing games with other team members, to catching up on your journal, to doing dishes if it’s your turn, to sitting outside on the balcony and watching the people of the D.R. walk by. You go to bed early because you know you will be getting up to do it all again tomorrow and you know you made the right decision.
Currently, we have 13 people that have expressed an interest in going on the Dominican Republic mission trip. There is still room for more and if you can see yourself in this story, you should think about going too. They have jobs for everyone. If you don’t think you can do construction, they will have you organizing in the storage area. If you don’t feel comfortable on ladders, they will find a job on the ground for you. For those of you who want to spend time with the kids, there will be that experience too. We will be starting our preparation meetings in mid-October and Brian and I are excited about leading another trip to Constanza, D.R. We want you to join us. If you have any questions or want more information, we would be happy to talk to you so we can help you make the right decision.
Founded in 1987, FMSC is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s children.
- 92% of total annual donations are spent directly on feeding.
- Sends meals to nearly 70 countries
In October Christus Victor will again be participating as a group. If you, your family, or friends are interested in being a part of this event, please add your name to the sign-up sheet located at the Information Desk.
Saturday, October 24th 9:00 am to 11:00 Eagan 50 packers are needed
Donations are also needed to help fund the meal packets. Make checks payable to Christus Victor Lutheran Church writing FMSC in the memo.
Any questions contact Nancy Colin at 952-452-0770
Education on Wednesdays
Join us on Wednesday evening during confirmation and JIFY to dig into the 8 Core Stories of the Bible.
- Dinner at 6:00pm – pizza or bring your own
- Class at 6:30pm – gather in the new meeting room next to the church offices
- Recharge Worship at 7:30pm!
Adult Education on Sunday Mornings – 9:45am in the new meeting room!
Drop in for a discussion on the upcoming Narrative Lectionary texts. Dig deeper in the Biblical stories that we will be exploring this year in worship as we learn more about God’s Salvation History, and how we discern what God is doing in our lives and in the world today. Join us whenever you can. Bring your Bible, grab your treats, and come to the new meeting room next to the offices at 9:45am for a great discussion and conversation based on the Narrative Lectionary texts!