Giving Opportunities

Stewardship 2016
Catch the Joy!
     My name is Mike Isham and I serve on this year’s Stewardship Committee. I would like to let everyone know that we’re kicking off our annual stewardship pledge drive for your support in the coming year and the theme that we’ve chosen for this year’s campaign is Catch the Joy”. The implications being of course that we should find joy in supporting the place that we call our spiritual home. In the coming weeks you will be hearing more from other committee members about the What, When, and How of this year’s campaign.
     However, I would like to take a few minutes this morning to talk with you about the “Why”, at least from my perspective. John Calvin is my home and it’s your home, and you take care of your home, it’s just that simple. But maybe, just maybe, even more importantly, John Calvin has become synonymous with touching lives. Many of you have heard me address the congregation previously about the wonderful things that John Calvin is associated with and about that help to define who we are. From the countless individuals suffering from addiction who’ve come up through the support groups that we sponsor, to the vast numbers of children who’ve come up through our ranks in the playschool, to the untold number of individuals who have been helped through our participation in various mission outreach programs and organizations. Our own Christian Education Ministry, Our Music Ministry, Our Fellowship Activities and Organizations, and my personal favorite, Our Prayer Team, just to name a few.
       And let me not fail to mention, some of you may not be aware that John Calvin will be celebrating its 50th year anniversary in 2016, which is a blessing in and of itself. But let us make no mistake folds. These are ALL Blessings!! Not just meant for our own enjoyment and satisfaction, but entrusted to our care and meant for us to nurture, grow, develop and pay forward if you will.
       One of the things that I’ve not touched upon in previous year’s campaigns, is the giving of one’s time and talent. They are just as important as your financial support is, .maybe even so because your support makes us who we are, People of God. Everybody, everybody has something that God wants them to do. You may not know it yet, maybe, you don’t acknowledge it yet, perhaps, it’s just a whisper in your heart, perhaps, all you need is a nudge, to listen for that still small voice. For as we all know God doesn’t call the equipped, he equips those that he calls. What I can tell you is that over the years I have learned, rather reluctantly I might add, that when I give of myself. I am really giving to myself.
       Every Sunday morning, when we gather, We sing “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow”. Are we listening? Because if we are, we should be reminded that worship, is giving God the best that he has given us, so we need to be careful what we do with the best that we have. I’m also reminded of my own family’s journey here at John Calvin over the course of the last 18 years. You know one of the most important things my two sons learned growing up in this church is that you should never look down upon anyone, unless, you are bending over, to extend a hand, to lift them up. And with that I am very pleased.
       Finally, my personal journey here at John Calvin, this church has given me hope and grace during difficult and trying times as well as gratitude and humility during the many joyous occasions in my life.
       So I’m left with just wanting to ask everyone here this morning a couple of questions, if I may. What has this church given you? And does it justify giving back in return? I hope so, for you see, we have many more lives to touch. And if we can trust the Lord with our own external salvation, than let us in the here and now trust Him with our time, our talents and our tithes. 
– From the Stewardship Kickoff Address given to the congregation on Sunday, October 11, 2015
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