For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Luke 12:34

What is stewardship? Stewardship is more than just making sure that the a church can pay it's bills.  Stewardship is a matter of faith.  It is a recognition that all things come from God. Everything belongs to God.  As stewards we are to care for the world that God has created. Stewards are caretakers of this creation.  Stewards act in service to others on behalf their proprietor.  This means that our stewardship is a matter of faith.  What we do with our money, how we care for God's creation, and how we tend those relationships are a matter of faith.  

On this page you will find a growing list of resources for how to think deeper about our stewardship. This list is being cultivated in conversation with our Adult Sunday School Class. While we will still be talking about our church budget and our regular giving practices, we will also intentionally tie those in with how we make a church budget that reflects our role as God's stewards.  On a personal level we also want to give you some simple and practical ways to engage your steward muscles. Even small changes can make us more mindful of our roll as stewards.  If you have ideas to add to this list, please click the button below to submit your suggestion.

Stewardship Connections

https://elca.org/environment    Caring for God's creation is an ever-evolving topic in this world, especially with each new natural or human made disaster. As stewards of this world, we are called to care for the earth and examine our behaviors toward creation. While we need to take from the land for food and sustainability, we also need to be careful that we maintain good stewardship and do not exploit the wonderful things the earth provides.  

https://blessedtomorrow.org/  We inspire our communities to act on one of the greatest moral challenges of our era: climate change. Blessed Tomorrow is by people of faith, for people of faith, offering ideas, tools, and language that are familiar, compelling. Through Blessed Tomorrow, faith leaders work to reach 100% clean energy, prepare for a changing climate, and engage their communities, while maintaining the distinct voices of their traditions.

 

Nature’s Best Hope - Douglas W. Tallamy’s first book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing. His solution? Plant more natives. In this new book, Tallamy takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots approach to conservation. Nature’s Best Hope shows how homeowners everywhere can turn their yards into conservation corridors that provide wildlife habitats. Because this approach relies on the initiatives of private individuals, it is immune from the whims of government policy. Even more important, it’s practical, effective, and easy—you will walk away with specific suggestions you can incorporate into your own yard.


 

  • Food

    • Misfit Markets Fight food waste with organic produce and sustainably sourced pantry staples delivered to your door—up to 40% off grocery store prices.

    • https://www.imperfectfoods.com/  Similar to Misfit Markets with the benefit of receiving food from closer to home.

    • This website has a great deal of information of where to find local food and local CSAs. We have a CSA in Lebanon County-Landisdale Farm which has a farmstand that is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays: https://www.localharvest.org/organic.jsp

    • For people interested in heritage breeds (which is a great thing to do is support heritage breeds because diversity in agriculture is a good thing), there is https://livestockconservancy.org/ You can find local farmers who raise these breeds for meat, wool, eggs, etc.

    • Flour:  Janie's Mill which is a small business that sells all kinds of organic flours that they mill themselves. They use a lot of heritage grains: https://www.janiesmill.com/mill-products-overview. Their products are fantastic.

  •  Paper Products

    • Who Gives A Crap

      • We started Who Gives A Crap when we learnt that 2.4 billion people don't have access to a toilet (now 2 billion – yay for progress!).  We donate 50% of our profits to help build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.

 

  • Clothing & Gear

    • Patagonia 

      • Take action on the most pressing environmental issues facing our world. 

  • Technology

    • www.ecosia.com A search engine. This costs you nothing to use!

      • Trees are changing everything  Your searches plant trees in some of the harshest places on Earth. In Burkina Faso, they make the desert fertile again.

  • Personal Care