“A House on the Rock!”

…..that’s this year’s stewardship theme.


As a high school student, I (Sara Gardner) taught three year old Sunday School classes with my mother and sister.  We sang often with the children.  We covered all the hits:  The B-I-B-L-E, Deep and Wide, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, and even Jesus Loves the Little Children.  Songs with hand motions were favorites.  The children loved singing The Wise Man and the Foolish Man.  It was the one about the wise man building his house on the rock and the foolish man building his house on the sand.  The children enjoyed the hand motions accompanying the song when “the house on the sand went splat.”  The house on the rock standing firm was not as fun for them to sing and act out, but, of course, it is a comfort to anyone over the age of five.

Matthew Chapter 7 tells us of the wise and foolish builders:

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

The house on the rock stood firm.  Our church, our house, is in a time of transition.  Transition is unsettling for some people, as it means the comfortable and familiar things could change.  Yes, a little rain may fall.  Challenges faced the houses built by both the wise and foolish man; the outcome is what varied.  Christ is the rock that our church has been built upon.  He has not changed.  His love for us and for His church has not changed.  In the song, “the rains came down and the floods came up.”  When we have faith in Christ, we do not need to be afraid of a little wind or water.

A church in transition needs a Stewardship commitment.  This year’s theme, “A House on the Rock” is meant to inspire constancy and provide comfort.  Your time, talents, and treasures are just as necessary now as they were in the past.  Our church, built on the rock, will remain strong.  We will continue to thrive and grow.

If you would like to submit a pledge, pledge cards for 2017 are available in the back of the sanctuary, New Stone, Boyd Chapel and brochure racks.  Place your completed pledge card in one of the envelopes provided and put it in the offering plate, or you can bring it to the church office.  You may also submit a pledge online by clicking here (pledges will be sent confidentially to Jennifer White, our church bookkeeper).

To view questions and answers about pledging visit here

Yours in Faith,

The Stewardship Team and Session of First Presbyterian Church