Every fall we set aside time to reflect on Stewardship and what it means for each one of us as followers of Jesus.

Our theme this year is,
“Don’t just count your blessings – share them!”

We often hear the phrase “attitude of gratitude” and this year we ask you to reflect on the things in your life for which you are grateful. When we see and appreciate the blessings that are in our life, the more we see God in our lives. Living our relationship with God means sharing that love with others. It means reaching out help others.

“God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

During our Stewardship campaign, we invite you to reflect on God’s blessings in your life and how you are called to share those blessings: your time, talent and treasure. In addition to our Estimate of Givings form, we have included a “Share your blessings” pledge card. On it are the areas where we have the greatest need of assistance. All of these roles are supported by our wonderful staff and committees and most only require a couple of hours of your time each month.

We encourage you to complete and return both your Estimate of Givings and the “Share your blessings” card on or before Sunday, October 29, 2017.

Estimate of Givings can now be completed online – click here.

Mark your calendar and join us on Sunday, October 29 between services as we celebrate stewardship, our blessings and enjoy a time to celebrate God’s love and our Walton family.

Walton Memorial United Church is a registered non-profit organization that relies on contributions from its member, adherent and friends to accomplish our Mission and Ministries. Our small but dedicated team ensures even the smallest contributions go a long way to offer Ministry and programming in the areas of Worship, Learning, Caring and Reaching out as we continue to live out God’s transforming love in so many faith-filled ways. Please donate here.

“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” ~ Deuteronomy 15:10

Walton’s Stewardship committee works in collaboration with both Administrative and Ministerial staff to deliver a holistic Stewardship program at Walton. The Stewardship Program at Walton includes Year-Round Congregational Stewardship with a focus on Six Best Practices.

  1. Operational Management
  2. Stewardship Integration in Worship
  3. Stewardship Formation
  4. Stewardship Leadership
  5. Spiritual-Nurture Opportunities
  6. Engagement in Outreach Activities

Annual programs supported by the Stewardship Committee:

  1. Our PAR program – Pre-Authorized Remittance or PAR is a program administered by the United
    • Church of Canada allowing members to give regularly to the church – even when they are away or on vacation! We know that as our membership in the PAR program increases so to does our financial stability and our ability to forecast and plan for the future.
  2. Fall Annual Givings Review — each year we celebrate stewardship at Walton and ask members and adherents to assist in the budgeting process by making estimates of their annual giving.
  3. Annual Narrative Budget — the Annual Narrative Budget helps tell the congregation’s story and connects the Time, Talent and Treasures we invest with the congregation’s ministries
  4. Special Needs and Capital Projects: some years, we require special efforts to meet unusual needs or capital projects. Stewardship leads the fundraising initiatives to meet these needs.

In recent years, special fundraising initiatives have included:

2014 – Heating revitalization and Air Condition Installation in the Sanctuary
2011 – Restoration of our 100-year-old Stained Glass Windows
2005 – Repairs on the church foundation after a collapsed wall
2003 – Repainting of the church