Inspiring Generosity


Inspiring Generosity


1/18/2017

Shazam! Set Your Generosity Priorities – Part 2
 

You're going to love 2017!
I know that I’m not trained to be a movie critic – but have I mentioned that I grew up near Hollywood and one time I had Jim Nabors (yes, the Gomer Pyle) say “Well Gaaaaawlly” to me? Oh you poor sweet things who do not know “Gomer Pyle.” You have truly missed some great acting. Obviously, that solidifies my movie-critic credentials.
 
All that’s to say that you must hustle – with your loved ones in tow – to see “Hidden Figures.” It’s a wonderful and inspirational movie about the unsung African American women who made our space program possible in the early 60s. Four stars – you’ll be glad you made the effort.
 
Now on to Part Two of “Setting Your Generosity Priorities” for 2017. Last week, I wrote about three key things that you need to do:
 
1.  Thank people who gave a first time or unexpected Christmas or year-end gift in 2016.
 
2.  Schedule a day, every week, when you will write four gratitude notes.
 
3.  Every Sunday (yes, every Sunday) thank your congregation for being generous and for supporting ministries that make a difference.

 
This week I am sending you the attached “Stewardship Calendar 2017.” You will notice several recurring themes:
 


Telling stories is important.
 
Thanking people is important.
 
Preaching about giving and generosity is important.
 
Giving people the opportunity to give is important.
 
 







Take this Stewardship Calendar and make it your own. Add detail. Make it relevant to your community. Click here to download your own copy. 


Most of all…have fun with it. Remember, giving and generosity should bring great joy. Happy 2017!


Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. Over the past fifteen years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. Just ignore her if you hear her shouting, “Shazam, shazam, shazam!” She was the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference Lay Leader from 2008-2012. Her position with the Conference is funded through a generous grant from the Collins Foundation. She is available to consult with churches. You can reach her at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity.
 
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Cesie Delve Scheuermann

Cesie Delve Scheuermann is consultant in grant writing and stewardship/development working with the Conference. From 2008-12 she was the Conference Lay Leader for the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference.

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