This year’s stewardship thematic materials from the Ecumenical Stewardship Centre are based on 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, Abundant Joy, Overflowing Generosity .
Congregations should have received a sample package of materials earlier in 2012 so they have plenty of time to place their order if they are considering starting a fall 2012 stewardship program. Additional copies of the samples are available from the National Office. To order, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1.888.786.6707 x 177. The following items were included in the sample package:
- A copy of Giving magazine with resources on stewardship preaching strategies, financial gift planning, enriching envelope giving and effective stewardship practices; a pull-out resource with a four-week stewardship emphasis plan and even offertory invitations to use during your congregation's worship services.
- A poster highlighting this year's theme for you to display in your congregation.
- Bulletin covers based on this year's theme.
- Time and Talent Form - including a version for youth and children.
- Commitment card sample.
Conversation on Gratitude and Generosity
Developed by the National Office, this "conversation starter" will help you explore your experience of gratitude and generosity, and become more comfortable sharing this aspect of our faith. Resources for this are minimal, just two people (can even be done individually as a personal reflection) and approximately 30 minutes to devote to the discussion. Use this in your congregation, your Bible study group, or even for your own family's personal stewardship development.
Order this on card stock and add a sticker to identify your congregation OR download from the links below and make the changes right on your own computer. This NEW design allows your members to see that your congregation supports all levels of ministry of the ELCIC.
• ready-to-print .pdf file
• ready-to-edit .doc file (front)
• ready-to-edit .doc file (back)
Time/Talent Commitment Sheet
Print and photocopy for use in your congregation!
2012/2013 Annual Report Covers
Every year the ELCIC produces Annual Report Covers that can be used by any ELCIC congregation or ministry as a cover to your annual report. Included on the Annual Report Covers are devotions to open and close your annual meeting.
Annual Report Covers for 2012/2013 will be mailed out to all congregations that requested covers by December 15. If you haven't ordered your covers yet, do check with the National Office (email@example.com) to see if there are extra available.
An electronic copy of the covers is available for download if your congregation wishes to make its own copies.
While there is no charge to congregations for these resources, you are encouraged to consider a donation towards the cost of shipping and handling (at least $30 for each shipment). If you are ordering materials for more than 200 members, please consider increasing your contribution proportionately.