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At Brewster Baptist Church's Annual Meeting on February 9, 2010, they voted on their own version of Acts 2. ACTS (Assistance, Compassion, Trust, Sharing) Too. They are making available up to $55,000 from Brewster Baptist Church's reserve funds to be used for loans up to $5,000 per person/household, in increments of $500 at 1% interest to help meet immediate needs for people who are actively involved at Brewster Baptist Church. The purpose is to help our people with mortgage or rent payments, medical bills, utilities, transportation etc. in these challenging times.
Reflections on a legacy a man left behind.
The author proposes how she as a stewardship leader will lead. Her paper is organized around six themes:
The author gives five concrete messages for preachers to consider when preaching in times of crisis.
1. The primary word from the pulpit during any time of crisis is a word of comfort and promise.
2. At the same time, the preacher must be aware that many hearers are, indeed, disoriented, searching, and re-evaluating priorities in light of the current crisis.
3. There is also need and opportunity to turn our attention to the good of our neighbor.
4. The primary task of preaching is to call people to faith by announcing to them the steadfast promise of the God we see most clearly in Christ.
5. Perhaps the single most important thing any of us preachers can do to increase the effectiveness of our preaching is to get out of the church and visit our people where they spend their time -- in their homes, the places they volunteer and recreate, and where they go to school and work.
The author gives reasons why he loves to preach stewardship sermons.
1) It's not about money; it's about values.
2) People want to talk about this stuff!
He then gives concrete suggestions.
1) Preach stewardship throughout the year.
2) Tell people about the difference their stewardship is making.
3) You don't have to do this all alone.
4) Be honest about your concerns.
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