giving cross

The Lenten Giving Cross 

Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Christian Stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.

 Stewardship Principles with Meaning

 GOD’S STEWARDS ARE GOD’S STEWARDS.

God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and their re-creation, in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.

GOD’S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS NOT OWNERS.

 God’s stewards have been entrusted by God with life and life’s resources, and then given the privilege of having responsibly for and joyfully managing them for Him.

 GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SAINTS AND SINNERS

 God’s stewards rejoice in and live out what God has declared them to be through the cross. At the same time His stewards recognize they are sinners who fight sin and its consequences each day.

 GOD’S STEWARDS ARE LOVED AND LOVING

 God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God’s act of love for them in Christ which empowers them, in turn, to love others in acts, of Christ-like love.

 GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING

 God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated in servant hood within all the arenas, of life.

 ear Friend in Christ,

 May God bless you in this Lenten season with His peace and joy! During Lent, we at First Lutheran seek to “take something on.” And as well as “give something up.”We encourage you to use this booklet as a tool to do just that by reaching out to others as well as looking inward with prayer and meditation. With God’s help, may we be a Blessing to all bless one another as we look forward to the great celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.

God Calls Me to Pray for Others…

I will daily hold up First Lutheran Church in my prayers. I will pray for God’s wisdom in leadership and God’s plan to be revealed daily in the life of the church.

 I will diligently pray that God blesses Pastor Dutzmann and Pastor Lantz with daily strength of body, joy of serving, and clarity of purpose.

 I will daily pray the congregational prayer list from the bulletin each week. I will pray that God blesses each person with complete healing and peace.

 I will daily pray for God to abundantly bless First Lutheran by expanding our ability to reach every soul of the FLC Family deeply in the coming year.

 I will daily pray for God to abundantly bless First Lutheran by expanding our ability to reach every soul who comes into contact with us through our music and worship activities.

 I will daily pray that God would bless our Ministries

 I will pray daily that God abundantly blesses FLC financially in order to accomplish His will in our midst.

 God Calls Me to Examine My Heart…

 Throughout Lent I will do my devotions on The Lords’ Prayer

 I will read a chapter from the Bible each day during Lent

 I will pray daily that God shows me His purpose in my life and also grants me the strength to follow His will.

 I will daily pray that God preserves our country.

 I will pray daily that God will “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”

 I will pray daily that God keeps me from evil that I may not cause pain.

 I will pray daily that God guards my words that I speak only kindness.

 I will pray daily that God works in the hearts of First Lutheran members to build one another up.

 “Whoever sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously, will reap generously. For God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)

 We ask that you prayerfully consider your Time, Talent and Treasure this Lenten Season.

 God Calls Me to Serve…

 Host a BLW dinner on the 4th Saturday of the month

Volunteer to usher

Volunteer to lector

Volunteer for altar guild

Volunteer to work the sound system

Volunteer to work on VBS

Volunteer to work a cleanup day

Volunteer to host coffee hour

Volunteer for a soup supper during Advent

Volunteer for a leadership role

Volunteer to cook for Campus Ministry

Volunteer to help out with Easter Breakfast

 Volunteer to invite one person to come to church

 God Calls Me to Help Support…

 Building Fund $50.00

Building Fund $100.00

Building Fund $500.00

Roof Soffit repair $100.00

Roof Soffit repair $500.00

Courtyard painting $100.00

New Lighting in the Narthex $100.00

BLW Dinner $50.00

BLW Dinner $100.00

Youth Ministry $50.00

Youth Ministry $100.00

Youth Ministry $25.00

Sunday school supplies $25.00

Sunday school supplies $50.00

VBS materials $25.00

Kitchen supplies $20.00

Musicians for Special Services $100.00

Comfort Dog visits $100.00

FLC Family Ministry $50.00

These are examples of what you will find on the giving cross, if you are interested in volunteering, please take a slip and contact Elaine Laaser at elaine.laaser@flc-boston.org

 

If you are making a financial donation please take the slip and place it in an envelope with your donation, always remember if you are writing a check put a note in the memo line what the donation is for as well.

 

First Lutheran Church of Boston

The Lenten Giving Cross

Ephesians 2:8-10

  For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Cross references:

A.

Ephesians 2:8 : ver. 5

B.

Ephesians 2:8 : 1 Pet. 1:5; [Rom. 4:16]

C.

Ephesians 2:8 : [2 Cor. 3:5]

D.

Ephesians 2:8 : [John 4:10; Heb. 6:4]

E.

Ephesians 2:9 : 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5; See Rom. 3:20, 28

F.

Ephesians 2:9 : 1 Cor. 1:29; [Judg. 7:2]

G.

Ephesians 2:10 : Deut. 32:6, 15; Ps. 100:3

H.

Ephesians 2:10 : [ch. 3:9; 4:24; Col. 3:10]

I.

Ephesians 2:10 : ch. 4:24

J.

Ephesians 2:10 : [ch. 1:4]

K.

Ephesians 2:10 : Col. 1:10       Christian Stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.     Stewardship Principles with Meaning   GOD’S STEWARDS ARE GOD’S STEWARDS.   God’s stewards are stewards by virtue of creation and their re-creation, in Holy Baptism; therefore, they belong to the Lord.   GOD’S STEWARDS ARE MANAGERS NOT OWNERS.   God’s stewards have been entrusted by God with life and life’s resources, and then given the privilege of having responsibly for and joyfully managing them for Him.     GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SAINTS AND SINNERS   God’s stewards rejoice in and live out what God has declared them to be through the cross. At the same time His stewards recognize they are sinners who fight sin and its consequences each day.           GOD’S STEWARDS ARE LOVED AND LOVING   God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship flows out of God’s act of love for them in Christ which empowers them, in turn, to love others in acts, of Christ-like love.   GOD’S STEWARDS ARE SERVED AND SERVING   God’s stewards recognize that their stewardship involves a Gospel-powered style of life which is demonstrated in servant hood within all the arenas, of life.   Dear Friend in Christ,   May God bless you in this Lenten season with His peace and joy!   During Lent, we at First Lutheran seek to “take something on.” And as well as “give something up.”We encourage you to use this booklet as a tool to do just that by reaching out to others as well as looking inward with prayer and meditation.   With God’s help, may we be a Blessing to all bless one another as we look forward to the great celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.         God Calls Me to Pray for Others…   I will daily hold up First Lutheran Church in my prayers. I will pray for God’s wisdom in leadership and God’s plan to be revealed daily in the life of the church.   I will diligently pray that God blesses Pastor Dutzmann and Pastor Lantz with daily strength of body, joy of serving, and clarity of purpose.   I will daily pray the congregational prayer list from the bulletin each week. I will pray that God blesses each person with complete healing and peace.   I will daily pray for God to abundantly bless First Lutheran by expanding our ability to reach every soul of the FLC Family deeply in the coming year.   I will daily pray for God to abundantly bless First Lutheran by expanding our ability to reach every soul who comes into contact with us through our music and worship activities.   I will daily pray that God would bless our Ministries   I will pray daily that God abundantly blesses FLC financially in order to accomplish His will in our midst.       God Calls Me to Examine My Heart…   Throughout Lent I will do my devotions on The Lords’ Prayer   I will read a chapter from the Bible each day during Lent   I will pray daily that God shows me His purpose in my life and also grants me the strength to follow His will.   I will daily pray that God preserves our country.   I will pray daily that God will “create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”   I will pray daily that God keeps me from evil that I may not cause pain.   I will pray daily that God guards my words that I speak only kindness.   I will pray daily that God works in the hearts of First Lutheran members to build one another up.     “Whoever sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously, will reap generously. For God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7)   We ask that you prayerfully consider your Time, Talent and Treasure this Lenten Season.   God Calls Me to Serve…   Host a BLW dinner on the 4th Saturday of the month Volunteer to usher Volunteer to lector Volunteer for altar guild Volunteer to work the sound system Volunteer to work on VBS Volunteer to work a cleanup day Volunteer to host coffee hour Volunteer for a soup supper during Advent Volunteer for a leadership role Volunteer to cook for Campus Ministry Volunteer to help out with Easter Breakfast  Volunteer to invite one person to come to church   God Calls Me to Help Support…   Building Fund $50.00 Building Fund $100.00 Building Fund $500.00 Roof Soffit repair $100.00 Roof Soffit repair $500.00 Courtyard painting $100.00 New Lighting in the Narthex $100.00 BLW Dinner $50.00 BLW Dinner $100.00 Youth Ministry $50.00 Youth Ministry $100.00 Youth Ministry $25.00 Sunday school supplies $25.00 Sunday school supplies $50.00 VBS materials $25.00 Kitchen supplies $20.00 Musicians for Special Services $100.00 Comfort Dog visits $100.00 FLC Family Ministry $50.00 These are examples of what you will find on the giving cross, if you are interested in volunteering, please take a slip and contact Elaine Laaser at elaine.laaser@flc-boston.org If you are making a financial donation please take the slip and place it in an envelope with your donation, always remember if you are writing a check put a note in the memo line what the donation is for as well.

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