You’re probably used to hearing people in church talk about giving. But when was the last time in church that you talked about earning or saving? Is it unchristian to earn money? Is it wrong to save for ourselves and our families?
John Wesley didn’t think so. Wesley, the Christian evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
During the month of October, Epworth will experience an exciting new stewardship program, Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money. Wesley’s surprising advice is welcome in our day when so many people, including Christians, struggle with issues of debt, lack of savings, and missed opportunities for generously supporting the mission of Jesus Christ in a way that makes a difference in the world and within one’s heart.
Along with our focus in worship, there will be opportunities for youth and children to participate in the program via the Kingdom, W.O.W., Donuts and the Bible, and Sunday evening SWAT. A Daily Devotional Guide will be made available for persons and families to use at home. Plan to join us for the entire journey!
Make sure to join us on October 30, Commitment Sunday, when we ask our members and friends to return their commitment cards as an act of worship as we look forward to what God will do through Epworth this year. We will be celebrating with sausage biscuits and sweet treats in the Narthex after each service.
The purpose of this year’s stewardship campaign is more than providing resources for
mission and ministry in 2017. We believe John Wesley’s simple financial advice provides a roadmap to financial health for individuals and families. If you are struggling to manage your budget we are offering free, personalized financial coaching. This service is completely confidential. A coach will listen to your concerns and work with you on your needs, such as constructing a budget, credit and debt management, and retirement preparation in order to move you closer to financial health and peace of mind. If you interested in learning more about financial coaching, please see one of the pastors or contact one of our Stewardship Co-Lay Leaders by using the contact form below.