Stewardship

Stewardship 2021

Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. – 1 Peter 4:10

The 2021 Pledge sheets are due. Please mail your completed sheet or print a new sheet by clicking here, and placing in the mail addressed to Church of the Mediator, C/O Treasurer, P. O. Box 223, Harbert, MI 49115.

Want to skip mailing your completed sheet? You can scan a completed 2021 pledge sheet and email to Peggy, our Treasurer, at treasurer@mediatorharbert.com.

To read all about Stewardship 2021, scroll down.

Reminder: Consider setting up a recurring online giving process after prayfully determining your 2021 pledge. Online giving is safe and easy to set up through our website. To request assistance in setting up your online giving, please call Candice at 269-469-1441 to let her know you need assistance in setting up your online giving or email our Treasurer at treasurer@mediatorharbert.com.  Online giving information can be found by clicking here.

Your current year pledges are vital to keep Mediator operating even while we’re “Apart, Yet Together“. Please continue mailing in your 2020 pledges. You can safely and easily go to our online giving page to submit your pledge electronically by clicking here.

What Is
Stewardship?

Congregational Leadership, Discipleship & Generosity, Preaching Resources, Stewardship Formation

God calls us to share in God’s mission of caring for the world, using all the gifts God has given us. We are stewards, caretakers of God’s gifts. Everything we have was a gift from God, and God asks us to use it all for God’s purposes. Generosity flows naturally out of our gratitude for the gift of love, family, and life itself.

In the church, we are stewards of the good news of God’s love for us in Jesus Christ. We are called to share that good news with new generations. But we live in a world where sharing that news is becoming ever more challenging. In order to share the good news, we need financial and other resources.

Our worries about stewardship tend to focus on money. But stewardship is all about mission.  Convince people that the church is doing God’s mission and that it will truly transform our lives and our communities … and each of us is an integral part of that mission … heart, mind and body … and the money will follow.

 Stewardship isn’t …

  • Fundraising.
  • Paying the light bills or maintaining a building.
  • Paying a decent staff.
  • Meeting the budget.
  • Keeping the church alive.
  • Paying our fair share of the dues.
  • Passing on a legacy to our children.

Stewardship is …

  • Sharing in God’s mission with a glad, generous and grateful heart.
  • Transforming lives in our community.
  • Prayerfully responding to God’s call.
  • A deeply spiritual matter.
  • Something that blesses the giver more than the receiver.

Stewardship is discipleship; it is a complete reorientation of our lives toward God, who calls us through Jesus Christ.

Stewardship is … Everything I do after I say, “I believe.”

NEW POST – A Stewardship 2021 message

by Paul Cromheecke,
Senior Warden
Mediatorite, October 18, 2020 edition

As The Church Of The Mediator moves into another year, let us look both forward and backward and KEEP OUR FAITH and trust in each other. As we look forward in these troubling times, let us band together to support Mediator with our time, talent, and finances.

May GOD Bless us all

Read Paul’s selected poem by Robert Frost, click here.

Why We Pledge to Church of the Mediator

by Bill Card
Video recording, October 8, 2020

Click here to watch Bill Card’s video on “Why We Pledge to Church of the Mediator”.  

Why I Pledge to Church of the Mediator

by Susan Collins
Mediatorite, September 11, 2020 edition

In the past when stewardship was discussed, my mind automatically thought of money.  As I grew as a Christian and my faith developed, I began to understand that God wanted me to be a good steward of everything He had given me, my time, talents, possessions and resources.

Some of the ways I now choose to be a good steward is by volunteering at the local elementary school, being on the board of Bridgman Public Library, being a Home Eucharistic Visitor, taking food to neighbors or having friends over to eat, singing in the choir, serving on our church vestry  and committing to a monthly pledge.  

We are all a part of the body of Christ. Please pray and consider how you can be a good steward of all that God has given you.

Why I Pledge to Church of the Mediator

by Linda Anderson
Mediatorite, September 6, 2020 edition

In the last year I have been involved in the outreach programs of the Mediator. This involves working with Feeding America and the Mobile Food Pantries of Berrien County and in particular Chikaming Township.  Feeding America works mainly with established organizations, churches, companies or nonprofits. The Mediator is known as a leader in the county because of our skilled and caring members who step up to help the community.

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Why We Pledge to Church of the Mediator

by Kathleen Hogan-Garrett
Mediatorite, August 9, 2020 edition

This is my testimonial regarding stewardship, on behalf of the Hogan & Garrett family, as we begin the season in our church when we pledge our money and ourselves to another year of walking the Jesus Way…being his hands and feet at work for one another, comforted and motivated by the Holy Spirit, and being God’s love in the world.

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Mother Darlene’s Stewardship letter

by Mother Darlene Kuhn
Email, October 5, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

 When I came to you at the beginning of the year, none of us could have known what this year would be like. I need not remind you of the disruptions, losses, and anxieties that this year has brought to our communities, for we are all still living with the impacts. I can say, however, that although the coronavirus pandemic has tested our resolve, it has not tested our faith. We are stronger, more resilient, and more connected than we have ever been as a Church and as a community of neighbors. Thank you. Thanks to each one of you doing your part in your homes, workplaces, schools, neighborhoods, families, and here in our church.

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Vestry Stewardship letter and 2021 Pledge sheet form

Pledge sheet: Click here to download/print a copy.

October 7, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Episcopal Church of the Mediator

Mother Darlene recently introduced our 2021 Stewardship campaign. We want to thank you for your past contributions and your commitment to continue your contributions into 2021.

As we look to the year to come, we are more committed than ever to the ministry and love we share with our community and our neighbors. Our ministry is funded through the gifts of our members — your generous offerings given in grace and love.

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In the life of the church, as in the life of every person, the question of how we can live within our budget comes up quite often. In fact, Jesus spoke so often on the topic of money, that it is a regular theme. The importance of Jesus’ teachings about money, however, rest on the use of that income to make the lives of oneself and others better. He wanted his audiences to grasp that money was an easy to recognize symbol of things of this earth, of things we can want, and get, and trade for. But the bottom line is that money must be put to the best use, or it becomes the focus of one’s whole life.

Open, O Lord, the eyes of all people to behold thy gracious hand in all thy works, that, rejoicing in thy whole creation, they may honor thee with their substance, and be faithful stewards of thy bounty.          

The Book of Common Prayer, 1979, p. 329

In chapter 22 of Matthew, Jesus divides the tributes to be paid into what is Caesar’s and what is owed to God, based on whose likeness is shown. The coins are fine for Caesar, while the person, made in the image of God, the whole person, and all that one is, belongs to God. So, we may genuinely ask what we can give of ourselves, in addition to our annual pledge, that will be an offering of the parts of ourselves that were made in the image of God. In what ways do we reflect the treasures that God has given each of us that we can bring to the world around us, in His name, to serve our community?

Supporting Our Church

Through Giving

Mail a donation to us:

Church of the Mediator
P.O. Box 223
Harbert, Michigan  49115

OR

Through Prayer

Support Church of the Mediator through prayer:

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

– Mark 11:24

Through Service

Support Church of the Mediator through service.  Please speak with a Vestry member or other members of the church to match your skills and interests to the needs of the Church as well as the Harbor Country community. 

Through Endowment Planning

When you or a family member wish to make a specific gift to Church of the Mediator, restricted or unrestricted, please contact the Senior Warden to discuss your wishes.

Through Estate Planning

When you or a family member wish to discuss how to include Church of the Mediator in your estate planning, please contact the Senior Warden to make your wishes known and how you wish to express those wishes in the Church’s future.

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