Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." — (Matthew 6:19-21)
For Christian people, stewardship recognizes that everything we have is given to us by God, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth--we are the heart, spirit and hands of God, reaching out in love to share with our shared world.
We often equate stewardship with money, but Christian stewardship involves all of life. We are called to be stewards of relationships and stewards of God's Word. As Jesus' stewards, we are committed to giving God thanks for all of Jesus' blessings. Perhaps another word for stewardship is love — God's love working upon and through human beings.
Our offerings support Milton UMC's ministry and mission. God has blessed and used our resources to change lives, transform our community and renew the church. Annual commitment cards make it possible for our church to budget, plan and expand ministries in the coming year.
The point is not how much we have. It's not even how much we give. Rather, it's what we do with all that God has given us. Our ministry is based not on programs but on God's activity in the lives of people. We are not giving money and raising funds to perpetuate an organization, but to bring hope, health, and salvation to a world in need.
When people place money in a church offering plate, they are not simply contributing to a cause; they are expressing deeply held beliefs. They are responding to a relationship with God. Our giving is a free response to a God who has given freely.
There are several ways you can support the mission and ministries of the Milton United Methodist Church: