What Is Stewardship?
Stewardship is about making choices, as individuals and in community. It is more than giving money to the church. Stewardship is about being faithful disciples, caring for and managing all that God has given us. Stewardship is not just one part of Christian discipleship; it involves every aspect of life in all the stages of life.
Stewardship is the grateful response to God’s grace and goodness. It requires a consideration of how our choices affect us and others, of how we can be good caretakers of the created world, and of how we can best serve God as disciples of Christ. So, what is Stewardship? Stewardship is everything you do after you say yes to Jesus Christ!
There’s more to TPC fellowship than Sunday morning coffee on the patio, although that’s a great place to start. There are also wonderful opportunities to meet others in groups organized for Bible study, prayer, or even hiking. And if you have an idea for a new group, we’d like to hear it! Check out the Taste & See posters in the bulletin cases, look through the Tasting Guide, or link to the Taste & See pages through the TPC website to learn more about opportunities provided by the Fellowship & Outreach Committee.
You can find The Tasting Guide: A Handbook to Opportunities for Service and Fellowship at Tustin Presbyterian Church in the Church Office during office hours and at the Fellowship & Outreach Table in the patio on Sunday mornings. Stop by and review full page listings of the many ways you can engage more fully in the life of TPC, now and in 2013. Descriptions of all of the opportunities are also available on the Taste & See Facebook pages!
Something to "Stew" On
We live in a world where the gap between scarcity and abundance grows wider every day. Whether at the level of nations or neighborhoods, this widening gap is polarizing people, making each camp more and more suspicious and antagonistic toward the other. But the peculiar thing, at least from a biblical perspective, is that the rich - the ones with the abundance - rely on an ideology of scarcity, while the poor – the ones who are suffering from scarcity – rely on an ideology of abundance. How can that be? The issue involves whether there is enough to go around – enough food, water, shelter, space. An ideology of scarcity says no, there’s not enough, so hold onto what you have. In fact, don’t just hold onto it, hoard it. Put aside more than you need, so that if you do need it, it will be there, even if others must do without. An affirmation of abundance says just the opposite: Appearances notwithstanding, there is enough to go around, so long as each of us takes only what we need. In fact, if we are willing to have but not hoard, there will even be more than enough left over. The Bible is about abundance.
From “Enough Is Enough” by Walter Brueggemann
It’s never too early to teach your children about the tool of money.
Teach them how to work for it, and they learn pride and respect.
Teach them how to save it, and they learn security and self-worth.
Teach them how to be generous with it, and they learn love.”
- Judith Jamison(1943 - ),
African-American dancer and choreographer
2013 Per Capita
Every Little Bit Helps!
Each year each congregation pays the Presbytery a modest sum per member. This "per capita" payment helps with the administrative costs of Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. For 2013, the amount per member is $27.47, a total of $7,416.90 for TPC. We ask that all active members contribute this amount at the beginning of the new year. Those with offering envelopes have a "per capita" envelope in the front of their boxes. Because TPC will pay this full amount, when you pay your per capita, you are making those funds available to the General Mission of TPC. Thank you for your generosity.
Restoration of Sanctuary Windows
Many thanks also to all who have agreed to support this project financially. Everyone in our church family has been invited to take part as they are able. We are ready to receive your gifts; simply make a note in the memo line of your check.
We all support the current ministry of TPC by giving of our time, talents and treasure. But, how can we contribute in ways that ensure the future of TPC? One way is by a gift to the Endowment Fund. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are not used for current expenses. Rather, they are invested and the income is used as designated by the donor. If there is no designation, then the session determines how to use the income.
The Endowment Fund Committee is responsible for managing the Endowment Fund and for supervising the disbursement of income from the fund. All gifts to the Endowment Fund are invested; the principal remains in the fund in perpetuity, and the income is distributed annually.
Gifts to the Endowment Fund may be made at any time. Frequently, such gifts take the form of bequests under the will or trust of deceased members. However, not all gifts upon death are deposited in the Endowment Fund, only those that are specifically designated as a gift to the Endowment Fund. Gifts to "TPC" are used and applied as the Session deems best. They may be used for current expenses, to balance the budget or for special projects. Gifts to "the Endowment Fund of TPC" are placed in the Endowment Fund and are not available to pay current expenses. The donor may designate that his/her gift be used for a particular purpose (e.g., mission or Christian Education) or may leave it to the Session to decide where it will do the most good. Annually, the income on the gift is determined and that amount is available to be spent.
The principal responsibilities of the Endowment Fund Committee are to manage the Endowment Fund and to supervise the disbursement of income from the fund. All gifts to the Endowment Fund are invested; the principal remains in the fund in perpetuity and the income is distributed annually. The members of the Endowment Fund Committee are Sue Currie, Janette Ditkowsky, Bill Groves, Gerry Herter and David Young. Talk to any member of the Endowment Fund Committee to learn how you can contribute to the Endowment Fund.
2012 Offering Envelopes
Offering envelopes for 2012 are now available. Look for the push cart on the patio after worship to find your box. You can also pick up your envelopes in the church office during the week. Please call the church office at (714)544-7070 if you need for us to send the envelopes to you by mail. Your gifts serve God's work. Thank you for your continuous support.
225 West Main Street, Tustin, CA 92780-4319 (714)544-7070 www.tustinpresbyterian.org