Join MMFA’s Laura Watson and a different Moravian pastor at 11:00 a.m. EDT on the fourth Tuesday of each month to explore what scripture tells us about both our identity and how we live as God’s stewards. Through a mixture of Lectio Divina and conversation, we’ll learn together and hopefully spark new ways of living generously together in Christ.
We are delighted that The Rev. Betsy Miller, president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference, Northern Province, will co-lead our bible study on Tuesday, April 27, at 11:00 am EDT. She has selected Mark 12:41-44 (the Widow’s Mite) for our conversation.
Curious to know a little more about Betsy? Read on to hear some of her thoughts on all things stewardship.
MMFA: What does being God’s steward mean to you?
The Rev. Miller:
- A Steward takes care of someone or something that doesn’t belong to them alone. On a personal level, I am called to steward my body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. I am called to be a steward of the time, talent, and treasure that God has entrusted to me.
- On a professional level, along with my colleagues on the Provincial Elders’ Conference, I am called to steward the gifts and graces of the Moravian Church Northern Province. That means we are called to care for the financial resources, to be sure, but even more, the time and talent – the sense of call and mission – that is part of every pastor, every lay leader, every congregation, and every agency of the province.
- On a global level, I am called to join with all of humanity to steward the land, water, and air of God’s creation.
MMFA: Tell us about a recent gift of time, talent, treasure, or testimony you made that was meaningful to you….what was it, why did you do it, and why was it meaningful?
The Rev. Miller: A few years ago, I decided to open a Donor Advised Fund through MMFA. It was a way for me to make charitable gifts to several Moravian organizations and agencies from some invested funds I had decided to allocate to charity. Giving mutual funds directly to agencies that were not set up to receive funds that way had become more difficult. By giving one lump sum to MMFA, and advising them how I wanted it directed, I was able to be more generous with more agencies. This has been a blessing to me because it has made it easier for me to support the agencies I believe in and value.
MMFA: What excites you about what God is doing through the collective stewardship of the people in your ministry setting?
The Rev. Miller: My ministry setting is at the provincial level. What has been exciting for me to watch is how MMFA quickly enhanced their Giving Portal as the COVID-19 pandemic closed off many ‘normal’ ways that people could support their local congregations and other groups. I have watched as more people have given more money to more congregations, causes, and agencies through the Giving Portal. The church was not afraid to try something new and watch it bless the world!
MMFA: What’s one goal you have for yourself as a steward in 2021?
The Rev. Miller: To give more time to support a need in the community such as a food bank or clothing shelter.
Coming in May
On May 25, we’ll be joined by Rev. Katie Van Der Linden (Ebenezer Moravian, Ebenezer, WI). She has selected Matthew 25: 14-30 (the parable of the talents) for our discussion.
Coming in June
The Rev. Rusty Rushing, pastor at Peace Moravian Church and Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte, NC, will be join us.
How: register on Zoom for one, several, or all of the sessions!
For more information, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-725-2589. We look forward to sparking stewardship, together!