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.
Stewardship is everything we do after we say we believe.” – John Westerhoff
Sacrificial Giving is:
Planned, a careful, intentional response to God’s generosity;
Proportionate, ensuring that we give the “first fruits”, given first, not only after other obligations have been satisfied.
Sacrificial, coming from our substance rather than our abundance–acting on our belief that our security lies in God.
Dave Ramsey has a short video on the essentials of Stewardship that really nails the point!
Stewardship of Time
The life of a Christian must begin with a foundation of prayer!
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.” – St. John Paul II
Father Jim has consistently asked that we pledge to devote five minutes to prayer each morning and five minutes each night.
Stewardship of Talent
As Bp. Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire ministries and producer of the highly lauded Catholicism series, constantly says, “Your life is not about you.”
Our Christian faith requires that we serve others in love. That commitment should be visibly demonstrated in the parish context and every member of Saint Michael Parish is expected to serve in a ministry. We ask members to choose Just One of the dozens of available ministries annually and serve for a year. The following year, members can continue in that ministry or choose another.
To volunteer for a ministry, simply look through our Just One Time & Talent Catalog.
Any questions? Please contact Rex Yabut, Steward for Time, Talent & Treasure at (360) 292-7115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.