The concept of stewardship has been preached from the earliest days in the Bible. Families would offer to God a tithe, or tenth, of all they produced. Exodus 23:19 says: "The choicest of the first fruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the Lord your God." (N.R.S.V.) Today, that is still our command: to offer the best of our resources - time, talent and treasure - in thanksgiving and gratitude to God, who is both our Creator and our Provider.
We come into this world with God-given gifts and talents; using a portion of those gifts for God's work helps the P.R.P.C. ministry grow, helps the congregation flourish, and helps to spread the resulting care and support throughout the broader community.
In addition to our time and talents, financial giving to Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Church provides support of the day-to-day operation of the church and its ministries and mission as well as the long term security of the church. Prior generations in our church established an Endowment Fund to provide necessary funds to continue the church operations when current pledges and gifts alone are not sufficient. As expenses grow, we know that this Fund can support only so much, and we are therefore seeking ways to expand the Fund as well as to decrease expenses.
Stewardship of Creation
In Biblical times, the steward was a person trusted to be responsible for managing all the property and household of an owner. In the same way, we acknowledge that God is truly the Owner of everything we are and have, and what He requires of us is the faithful management--stewardship-- of what is already His.
Our congregation has joined the ENERGY STAR Congregations Network, sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Energy and the U.S. EPA. We have reduced our energy usage and are planning other reductions. We recycle paper, cardboard, aluminum, and plastic bottles, and we encourage the members of our congregation to do likewise.
Our Spring and Fall rummage sales are another form of protecting Creation. Anything that we do not sell is passed on to other charities, so that everything is reused in some way, rather than going to a landfill.