October 23, 2023: Stewardship and Consecration Sunday
By Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Stewardship is about using our time, talents, gifts and money in a manner pleasing to God for all that we have is from God. Stewardship is not about a three or four week campaign or a budget for the coming year. Stewardship begins with our identity. We are God’s beloved children, and we are engaged in doing God’s work. Stewardship is not about thinking what we ought to give. Stewardship is about what God wants us to give.
Stewardship is next about our spirit of gratitude. We are reminded of our blessings. Reflect on what blessings you have received? What are the gifts for which you are grateful? Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology, says, “Gratitude serves as a link between receiving and giving. It is not only a response to kindness received, but it is also a motivator of future benevolent actions on the part of the recipient.” In other words we live with an attitude of gratitude.
A tithe is the Biblical standard for giving. A tithe is 10% of what you receive; it is from the first fruits. In most mainline churches (including United Methodist) giving is about 2% and has been at this level for over ten years. So while we may not practice tithing, it is still important to remember that we are called to be stewards by giving 10%. In “Bounty,” by Kristine Miller and Scott McKenzie, they note that “Something changes fundamentally when a person begins to tithe. Concerns about who has what and arguments over how to divvy up pieces of the pie evaporate.”
The Blessings of Giving
The theme this year is “The Blessings of Giving.” We will be recounting the blessings we receive when we give. Consecration Sunday is October 23rd. On that day each person or family will be invited to come forward and place your envelop with your estimate of giving card on the altar. We will blessing all the estimates. Please remember that what you are turning in is an estimate. If circumstances change in your life, then that estimate may change.
If you have any questions or want to discuss your giving or future giving, contact our pastor, Linda. Money is not a taboo topic; it is a vital part of our stewardship. I see daily what a spirit of gratitude this congregation has so October 23rd will be a memorable day.
We are God’s beloved children and we will celebrate together.
Your donations make possible the mission and ministry of the Morgan Hill United Methodist Church
Your continued financial support remains critical to our ability to be in ministry to our community and through our connections as a United Methodist Church. Please find below several ways you can make a donation, or pay your tithe or pledge, in-person or from wherever you are.
For giving to “Special Sunday” offerings, go to UMCGiving. Information about the six Special Sundays is provided there, and the “Special Sundays” button will get you to the online donation form. Special Sundays include Human Relations Day, Native American Ministries Sunday, World Communion Sunday, UMCOR Sunday, Peace With Justice Sunday, and United Methodist Student Day.
Ways to give:
- Online donations and giving → Quick link to secure giving page
- By mobile device
- Using your bank’s online “bill payment” system
- In the worship service offering plate
- By mail
Other ways to contribute to MHUMC and our community:
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7-8
Giving to MHUMC through Vanco Faith assures a secure transaction. You can select to give to the General Fund, Building Fund, or Youth Activity Fund. If you do not wish to sign up (or sign in) as a Vanco user, you can make a One Time donation. Follow the guidance on our Vanco secure webpage, here.
By mobile device
Vanco Mobile is an app for your mobile device that provides an easy way to donate to MHUMC. Download and install the app, then click the “Give” button to direct your gift and enter the amount. You can even give to multiple funds using the shopping cart!
From your bank’s online “bill payment” system
Many bank accounts now offer an online bill payment system. This allows you to arrange to have donations sent directly from your bank account to the church. Making this a recurring payment relieves you of having to remember to make individual contributions. For more information, check with your bank.
In the worship service offering plate
Place check or currency in the offering plate during worship service offering time. Make checks payable to “Morgan Hill United Methodist Church.” If you like, you may use a provided offering envelope.
Send a check by mail to the church office. Make checks payable to “Morgan Hill United Methodist Church.” The address of our church office is 17175 Monterey Street, Morgan Hill, CA 95037.
Using Amazon Smile
When you select our church as a recipient of Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the church! Go to smile.amazon.com, and search for “Morgan Hill United Methodist Church.” Select us as the recipient, and you’re good to go!
Reach Out is a food pantry in Morgan Hill that serves residents of Morgan Hill, San Martin and Coyote. They accept donations of nonperishable food, as well as garden produce. Food may be brought to Reach Out during their open hours, Monday through Friday, 1pm until 2:30pm. They are located at the southeast corner of the St. Catherine Parish facility, 17400 Peak Ave, Morgan Hill.
Nonperishable food may also be brought to the worship service and put in the basket during our offering.
In Ministry to Others
To give of your time, skills, or energy, take a look at opportunities for mission and ministry.