In order to capture the people who come through our doors this Christmas, we all need to work together, from staff to parishioners, to create a welcoming environment. Here are five ways your faith community can “welcome the stranger” this Advent season.
Like the priests, prophets, and kings of the Old Testament, we have received an anointing. It is now time for us to put that power of God to work. Only by seeing our lives transformed by the peace which only God can give will the world come to know that Jesus alone provides the answers that the people of today are seeking.
If you approach these December days simply as a way to prepare for Christmas, you may find yourself just doing the same old thing as last year. But remember, Jesus is coming again. When people of all ages understand that, it can be a cause for large, wide-open eyes.
We like answers logically explained, predictable returns on investment, and healthy organizational culture. While all of those are good from a human perspective, the view from heaven seems to operate differently … and this drive us mad. But it all comes from the hand of a loving divine Father who knows what He is about.
The holidays are now upon us, and the time is right to tie-in the theme of Advent with your giving efforts. Read on for tips and best practices on how to create your own Advent-themed giving campaign for your parish.
The King of kings could have had all that, but instead, he chose quite a different path. He gave up having servants so he could be the servant of all his subjects himself. Yes, he was the King of kings, but he was nothing like a typical king.
On the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, we speak about how Jesus is King of Kings, Lord of Lords. All have been saved by the death and resurrection of the Anointed One, but now he is calling us and counting on us to honor our anointing through our discipleship and stewardship in this world.
What is Everyday Stewardship? About 40 parishioners, priests, and parish and diocesan staff members attended a day of focused learning on stewardship, presented by Tracy Earl Welliver, to learn just that at St. Francis of Assisi, Grapevine on October 17.
Gratitude is a key characteristic of a good Everyday Steward, but it does not develop in us without effort. The point is that too often we take so many gifts for granted, and unless we pause and purposely reflect, we miss the chance to give thanks.