Inspiring Generosity


It’s Time to Celebrate the Saints
This is the closest thing to being a bucket list item for a United Methodist nerd: attending the Leadership Conference at Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas. That’s where I’m heading today. In my absence, here’s a reprint to remind you of an important day that’s coming up. I’ve also added one additional suggestion for you to ponder.

        There they are! A few saints!    LMusikanski@pexels

For all the saints, who from their labors rest…” and, if I don’t have the words in front of me, I sort mumble something unintelligible until the really good part – “Thy name O Jesus (shout it out now!) be forever blessed, A-ha-lleuia, A-ha-ha-leluia.” Awesome!  Thank you, William W. How for writing that Top Ten hit in 1864.  Brother, you rock.
For a number of you, in a few weeks, it will be the day you sing that beloved hymn. Yes, it’s All Saints Day, one of my favorite days in the church year. This is the chance to remember people who have passed on to glory during the previous year and to recall all the saints who poured their time, talent, and treasure into the place you call your spiritual home. 
It reminds us that no one is forgotten and that everyone is important.
Who are the saints in your life? Who needs to be remembered on this very hallowed Sunday? How will the recognition of a life well-lived inspire others to live the life that Christ has called us to experience? How can we ever show how grateful we are for the saints?
Extra tip: All Saints Sunday is an excellent opportunity to remind your people about the many legacy gifts those saints left to the church. Recall the ways those gifts – through wills or bequests – made by the saints of your congregation have made a difference. Have information, such as a brochure like this, available on how a legacy gift can be made to your congregation.
Now, if you want a real four-minute treat, here’s that famous hymn sung by 5,000 people in the Royal Albert Hall. How tears aren’t streaming down everyone’s faces, I’ll never know. I need some Kleenex. 
This Sunday, sing “For All the Saints” with gusto – even if you have a teeny tiny congregation and even if your voice isn’t all that good. Give thanks and praise that we have a “great cloud of witnesses” that have provided us with countless examples of how to live a faithful life. That is surely something to celebrate. A-ha-lleuia, A-ha-ha-leluia!
Originally published October 29, 2014

Cesie Delve Scheuermann (pronounced “CC Delv Sherman,” yes, really) is a consultant in stewardship, development, and grant writing. For 25 years, while working as a volunteer and part-time consultant, she has helped raise over three million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations. Ever wonder where the concept of the “bucket list” comes from? Watch Jack and Morgan explain it to you. You can reach Cesie at inspiringgenerosity@gmail.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/inspiringgenerosity or at CesieScheuermann.com.
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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.