Stewardship Moment with Phil SMith
Oct. 21, 2018
When my wife Courtney volunteered me for this speech, I told her “I’m more of a behind the scenes kind of guy.” Thinking maybe that would get me out of it. But her reply was “Perfect! You can speak about volunteering your time!”
So here I am… “behind the scenes”
Courtney and I first came to Bethany shortly after we had our first child. At our first visit, we were greeted by John and Judy Engebreston. As we entered the sanctuary, we were met with more smiles and welcomes. At that moment, we knew this place was special. A few months later, we decided to become members. And then I decided to get baptized with my son Nolan.
I never grew up with a church to call home. We would attend different churches at different times throughout my childhood. I probably spent more time at my friend’s churches than I did with my own family. I didn’t know how much a community, such as this, could impact my life. When I was baptized with Nolan, I knew I wanted him to feel a part of a church family. I wanted to lead by example for my son, as he experiences God’s grace and show him how to live in his faith.
After we became members, we knew we wanted to give back to the church, but by this time we had two children and had double daycare costs. We weren’t able to give financially as much as we would have liked so I began to give in other ways. We cleaned up the landscaping and I became a counter. I was then approached by Pastor Cathy to join church council. Again, I knew this was a way for me to give back to the church, even though I couldn’t give as much in the weekly offering like I wanted. Once again, I wanted to lead by example for my sons and show them that volunteering your time can have a big impact in small ways...mini miracles.
We are now in a better spot, day care costs are down, so we intend to increase our annual pledge. I looked up the definition of stewardship in Webster’s dictionary and it said “the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care” We are that “someone.” We have been entrusted by past and present generations to take care of our church both at a local and a worldwide level. So I’m not only pledging this year to set a good example for my sons, but to increase our donations and volunteer efforts.
So I look to all of you to lead by example and do what you can whether it be volunteering your time, offering your skills, or donating financially.
Thank you to all the people of Bethany Church that have donated their time and money. All of your mini miracles, behind the scenes, help our community of faith continue to thrive.