A ladle or a spoon?

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In their article, “16 Creative Ways to Think About Stewardship and Generosity,” the ReImagine Generosity team introduces the idea of “spoon vs. ladle thinking.” By this they mean looking at our lives and asking how much we are serving ourselves (spoon) and how much we are serving others (ladle). They write:

“When we give up our spoon and pick up a ladle, we are following the example of Christ by choosing to think of others’ needs ahead of our own. ‘Ladle thinking’ requires faith and dependence on Christ.” [1]

As you think about your stewardship and that of your community of faith, are you more spoon or ladle?

We’re excited to share one story of a congregation who is definitely a ladle as they helped feed others this past holiday season.

Before Christmas, the Tuntutliak Moravian (Alaska Province) joint board met and talked about how some families in their village were struggling financially because of the pandemic. They discussed how they could assist those families so that they could have a happy Christmas. Lucy Lupie, church treasurer, shared, “Our church had enough funds to gift those struggling families. Even though our church was closed, some members were still giving offerings and tithes.”

In Tuntutliak, the whole village gathers on Christmas Eve to celebrate a candlelight service, and the church gives everyone bagged candies at the end of the service. Since they could not come together because of the pandemic, and since they celebrate Christmas as a whole village, the church decided to gift every household $100 for groceries so as to include everyone, not only those who are struggling financially.

Lucy shared that they gave to about 102 houses in the village. She went on to say, “The response was gladness and some say that they were able to celebrate Christmas with special food on their tables! Some say that our church would be blessed with more.”

The Tuntutliak congregation did not do this act of stewardship for attention, but when Lucy notified the village of what they were going to do, she said the next thing she knew, she got a call from a local reporter to interview her and publish the story.

This year, how will you be a ladle? How will you use all God has entrusted you to serve others and thus serve Him?

If your community of faith has a stewardship story to share (and we know you do!), please reach out to Laura Watson (lwatson@nullmmfa.info). We look forward to celebrating stewardship with you.

[1] “16 Creative Ways to Think About Stewardship and Generosity (No Offering Plate Required),” ReImagine Generosity, www.thereimaginegroup.com/16-creative-ways-to-think-about-stewardship-and-generosity-no-offering-plate-required-2/.

Laura Watson

About the Author:

Laura joined the Foundation in April of 2012. A native of Winston-Salem and member of Home Moravian Church, she has worked in the Florida school system, at Salem College, and as Assistant Director of Laurel Ridge, the Southern Province’s camp and conference center. When she’s not busy with stewardship for the Foundation, Laura enjoys running and fundraising for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), as well as traveling with her husband, Mark. She has served on the Salem Academy and College Board of Trustees, the Salem Academy Alumnae Board, and the Triad JDRF Board of Directors.
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