Stewardship of Treasure
Saint Michael is a Stewardship Parish, based on the understanding that all that we have and all that we are is a gift from God – our time, our talent, our money and even the gift of life itself. We show our gratitude for these gifts by returning a portion of them back to God.
This brief video from Dave Ramsey really nails the point on Stewardship!
Sacrificial Giving is:
“Stewardship is everything we do after we say we believe.”
“There is a temptation which perennially besets every spiritual journey and pastoral work: that of thinking that the results depend on our ability to act and to plan. God of course asks us really to cooperate with his grace, and therefore invites us to invest all our resources of intelligence and energy in serving the cause of the Kingdom. But it is fatal to forget that ‘without Christ we can do nothing’ (Jn. 15:5). It is prayer which roots us in this truth. It constantly reminds us of the primacy of Christ and, in union with him, the primacy of the interior life and of holiness.”
“The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus. It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards. Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that ‘all things work for good for those who love God’ (Rom 8:28).”
The Heart of Stewardship
We recognize that everything we have is a gift from God and that we are called to return a portion of those gifts back to God. As disciples, we give of our time, our talent, and our treasure.
At Saint Michael Parish, our goal is for all members to commit to M.A.S.S. – Making All Sundays Sacred. The weekly sacrifice of the Mass and the Eucharist are the source and summit of our faith and we hope all parishioners honor that time. We should also return the gift of time to God is through prayer. Prayer must under-gird all of our efforts as disciples of Christ. Father Jim has long advocated a “five & five” approach to prayer: give God at least five minutes in the morning and at least five minutes at night. For us as Christians, nothing is more important than the relationship we have with God, and nothing strengthens that relationship like consistent, faithful, and thankful prayer.
We all have unique God-given gifts, ways in which we can work to build the Kingdom like no one else. But, we must also remember that our gifts are given to us by God to be used not for ourselves, but for others! There are so many ways in which we can do that, and so many ministry opportunities here at Saint Michael Parish. It is our expectation that every member will find at least one ministry each year to which they commit their service. Some churches just want to get people into the pews, but we’d rather get everyone out of the pews and into service!
Treasure. At Saint Michael Parish, we don’t do fund raisers. We don’t do second collections. We don’t nickel and dime our members throughout the year. No bake sales. No car washes. Once a year in the fall, we ask every registered family or member to pledge a dollar amount that they will give to support the parish and its ministries for the coming year. We ask our members to prayerfully consider working toward the Biblical tithe of 10% of their income – 6% to Saint Michael Parish and 4% to other charities and worthwhile causes. We also encourage Online Giving, as it ensures on-time delivery of your pledged amount and reduces postage and printing costs. As a new member, we also ask you to fill out a pledge form and commit to financial support of the parish. We can only do the things we do and offer the programs we offer because our members support the parish.