October 2023

Dear Friends & Members of FPCA,

This stewardship packet is meant to tell you “part” of the story of FPCA by sharing our plans for         ministry and mission in 2024.  Our hope is to educate and motivate you to respond prayerfully and   generously with your commitment of time, talent, and treasure for the upcoming year.  The narrative budget enclosed tells the broader story of how your giving will be directed in 2024, the letter from the Stewardship Committee Co-chairs explains the theme and vision of this year’s campaign, and the pledge form (on-line or by mail) provides a way to confidentially respond.

What’s most important to look at, though, is our own lives and what’s on our hearts.  The key verse      for this year’s campaign is 1 Corinthians 10:31, which says, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,  do everything for the glory of God.”  This biblical instruction is a call for us to think about       stewardship as a way of life.  How are we using our time, skill and other resources?  How are we contributing to God’s purposes with what we have?  How are we adding genuine value to created world in a way that benefits humanity?  We live in a culture that usually prizes consumption for its own sake.  Our faith asks us to think about stewardship for the sake of others.  When we ask these questions with humility, persistence, and honesty, we practice stewardship as a way of life.

So, I invite you to take time this stewardship season to consider your life as a practice of stewardship – of doing everything for God’s glory.  Begin by counting your blessings.  Write them out, list them, name them one by one.  Then consider how you are contributing to God’s purposes, and be specific.  Look at your time and energy, your relationships and connections, your passions and interests, and our material resources.  Everything we have is entrusted to us by God, we’re simply stewards.  When stewardship becomes our way of life, then our whole lives will be for God’s glory.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. Patrick W. T. Johnson, Ph.D.
Pastor/Head of Staff

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