The Gifts of God for the People of God: Our Hearts Have Been Moved
After living for 70 years in northwestern Ohio (except for my six years in the Navy), Connie and I have found that, down here in Cincinnati, you spell Stewardship the same way we did up north but it means many different things.
In the small rural communities we grew up in and then lived in after the Navy, immigration issues involved a few migrant workers on the area farms and people moving in from other counties and states. Racial issues involved discussions on whether it was better if you came from a German or Polish background. Nobody we knew was going hungry. To be sure, we heard about these things going on in the big cities and around the world and the churches we belonged to had food drives and worked with Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran World Hunger and similar organizations, but we had no real first-hand exposure.
Since we arrived at LCR we have had our eyes opened to more of these things first hand. We have traveled to Myra, Kentucky to help with the Manna from Heaven group. Connie has brought food for the Monday night meals. I joined the hunger task force and found that LCR has taken this hunger appeal far beyond anything I’m used to. The list of things LCR does for feeding the hungry goes on forever. And it doesn’t stop at hunger. There are functions with Allen Temple AME, English as a second language and the Navajo Lutheran Church and School. The lists really do seem to go on forever.
What wonderful ways to show our stewardship! Because I believe that stewardship is all about giving back to God what he has first given us, our time, talents and treasure. I have witnessed first hand how well LCR does with stewardship. With singers (who can carry a tune) in the choir and as cantors. From our artistic members who have created various artistic projects and programs, to all the volunteers who give their time to make all of them work. There are so many programs to get involved with everyone has a chance to help with something they can really get into. And, finally, the financial giving always seems to come through, whether it’s the weekly offerings or special giving opportunities that come up through the year.
Connie and I are grateful that we have found such a caring and giving church community and that we have been graciously been accepted as members. LCR members have not only heard the words Christ gave us, they live it.
About the Author: Jim Michaelis and his wife, Connie, are members of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.
About LCR: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection is a vibrant and welcoming community of faith and a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.