Generous living is not just about giving money, or even just about giving. It has to do with the whole of who we are and how we care for our neighbors (see Mark 12:28-31). Each of us brings our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The Old Testament word for "heart" is literally the leaning or thrust of our lives. We might call it our lifestyle or nonverbal witness. In other words, it is how we steward 100 percent of our lives, not just the "religious" sector or the percentage we give away. One of God’s special gifts to human beings is the invitation to share in God’s own life and mission by being a steward.
Perhaps another word for stewardship is love — God’s love working upon and through us. It would be wonderful if we could personally reach out and share God’s love with everyone but we know that’s impossible. So we gather regularly at church and through Beverly’s ministries we can reach out together. Through our Prayers, Presence, Gifts, Service and Witness, each person truly makes a difference.
BEVERLY MEMBERS, AS UNITED METHODISTS, BELIEVE EACH OF US IS CALLED TO SHARE GOD'S LOVE BY PARTICIPATING IN THE MINISTRY OF JESUS CHRIST. John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, saw our work in the simplest terms: “Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can.”
We follow in Wesley’s footsteps by being good stewards. All that we have — time, talents, treasures, health, wealth, environment, etc. — is given to us by God to use and care for responsibly. Stewardship is living out what happens when we center our lives in God.
We invite you to consider how you can share your blessings at Beverly United Methodist. There are many ways to plug in and serve using your talents and gifts, as well as time, please contact Pastor Heidi Bak, Giving is simplified with our online giving option where you can give one time donation or choose to schedule giving as your financial agenda avails. Below is Beverly's Estimate of Giving Card for 2016 that helps the finance committee establish an Actual Budget-please consider filling it in. Once filled in, please place in offering plate during worship or give to the office.
We praise God for all the faithful disciples at Beverly Methodist and the many ways their gifts are multiplied to make disciples for Jesus Christ.