Grateful, Thankful, Blessed – Stewardship 2016   stewartshiplogo5_color
 
 
In November, we are  exploring a churchwide emphasis called 
Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.
 
We’ll be discussing and studying one of the key aspects of our scriptures about how to live a thankful life that reminds us of the gifts we have.  Each week the congregation will receive a chance to encounter a few different areas of study.  A list of these resources are available on our stewardship page, on our app, and will go out in a weekly email.
 
  • The Weekly Gratefulness Corner – These brief messages provide a chance to hear from both our Pastors and from the leader of our Stewardship team about ways to practice thankfulness in our lives.(See the most recent one below)
  • The Weekly Thankfulness Hunt – Each week we will hide an image of a thankful hands somewhere online(To see an example open this months Newsletter).  We ask people to explore our website, facebook and app to find this image of hands.  When you do email Pastor Tyler at tamundson@stpaulshelena.org.  Let us know what where you found it.  When you find it you will be entered into a drawing for a “gratitude journal.”  These journals are designed as a spiritual practice for writing down where you see blessings in your life each day.  If you would like to buy your own gratitude journal you can find them here.
  • Sermons – We encourage you to be in worship each week for the sermons or to listen to our sermons online during this series.  Each sermon explores how we can look at our understanding of thankfulness and to help us to lead whole lives connected to God and our community.
  • Commitment Cards– Each year we ask friends and members of St. Paul’s to share their intended financial pledges for the coming year.  These help us budget more accurately and to continue our ministry in the community.

Gratefulness Corner – Nov. 13, 2016

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed.
 
This fall our Stewardship program is based on the book The Gratitude Path by Kent Millard.  “When we live a life of gratefulness for all the blessings God has given us, we experience great fullness in our lives”.

This month Stewardship challenged everyone to celebrate November, simply by writing down something that you are thankful for every day.  How’s it going?  Been a little busy?  Forgetful?  Starting a new practice can be challenging…perhaps putting a note in a conspicuous place will help remind you.

I started a gratitude journal too.  Sometimes I wrote down items that many of us are grateful for, such as Yellowstone National Park, the beauty of crashing ocean waves, living in Montana, fresh air, the St. Paul’s staff, or a friend.  Sometimes the items were more identifiable with my own personal feelings of a wonderful family including a patient, humorous husband, and three delightful adult sons.  Sometimes the items were little things such as sticky notes or ice cream.  Other times I wrote down items that many of us have, but many are without.  Such as housing, food, clothing and a good environment.  What does this mean to me? 

God has blessed me greatly and for that I am grateful.  I need to remind myself by counting these blessings.  I am thankful and wish to share my resources, time, prayers and thoughts with others, especially those in need.  I want to share myself with St. Paul’s as opportunities arise.  Maybe it’s pulling weeds.  Do you realize how much reflecting can be done while doing a simple act of weeding?  Maybe it’s writing an article.  Writing makes me think…hopefully.  Through God providing me with abundant blessings, I can joyfully give to others.

I encourage you to continue or start writing in your gratitude journal.  Reflect upon your blessings, and feel the warmth of gratitude welling up in your soul. 

Please remember to attend the Gratitude Celebration Dinner this Wednesday, November 16, at 5:30 PM in the Fellowship Hall.  Come enjoy a fried chicken and salad meal.  Following the meal will be WhatsNext, a presentation by Pastors Marianne and Tyler in which they share some thoughts on where we’ve been and where God might be calling us to go.  Everyone is invited.

We would appreciate an RSVP.  You can still signup by calling the Church office, or marking today’s insert.  Even if you forget to respond, please come.

Celebrate the Gratitude Month with your friends at the Gratitude Celebration Dinner!

At St. Paul’s we truly are…

Grateful.  Thankful.  Blessed. 

Peace and blessings,

Ralene Glenn

Stewardship Chair