Keep Your EYES On Eternity

15 Mungandi Brian 2As a young pastor many years ago, I was asked to do a Bible study on Malachi 3:8-10 for a stewardship program in a church, as part of my practicum program. That was a daunting task because I was aware that many of our church members don’t look favorably on the church’s teaching on stewardship of money. My worst fears came alive that Sabbath afternoon when a church member, a lady, stood up and told me right to my face, “Pastor, I understand why you are so passionate about tithe; it is self-serving. You are campaigning for your salary increment!” Now I will be honest that sometimes pastors have talked, preached, and taught stewardship as if it is a fund raising program.

I had to rethink my approach to the whole question of stewardship. For many years now I have taken the approach that stewardship is about relationship; God’s way of establishing a relationship with His people. My understanding of what stewardship is and how stewardship has changed the way I view life and ministry is a long story. I have concluded on a personal level as a minister that the concept of stewardship can revolutionized lives if and when applied correctly to our lives and to our ministry.

God calls us to be good stewards. What does this mean? In my ministry I have tried to implement a spiritual program that emphasizes Practical Stewardship. Practical Stewardship involves life as a whole, as seen in the five “T”s of stewardship, i.e. Time, Temple (body), Talents, Treasure, Testimony[1]. As pastors, we must practice and work to encourage our members to be good stewards. We must allow them to use their gifts. I have learned over the years that the Biblical principles that deal with managing time, the care of our body temples, the use of our talents and even our treasures will truly bring tremendous benefit to our individual lives and ultimately will improve our testimony collectively in the community.

Our Conference believes that we are almost Home and therefore we want to suggest to every member; “Let’s keep our EYES on eternity”. Let’s establish strong healthy churches, and help our member to develop practical faith. We want to encourage every church member to “Keep your EYES on eternity”.

  1. E= Evangelism. This is at the very core of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men.” As we see eternity approaching, it’s time to mobilize and equip all members and dynamic ministries so that we may demonstrate the love and proclaim the Word to the world around us. [2]
  2. Y=Youth. Jeff Wines, our youth director believes that youth ministry is all about relationships. Relationship with each other, with the church and with Christ. The mission of Youth Ministry is therefore to “lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and help them embrace His call to discipleship”[3]
  3. E=Education. Connie McCormick, our Education Superintendent believes that we all must arise to shine (Isaiah 60:1) the light that we have. Our children are precious gifts from God. We must present to them the best education and we must teach them a healthful lifestyle. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is blessed by God with the best educational system and the best health messages this side of heaven! We challenge you, young and old as we face eternity to study, learn and live by the principles from the Word of God.
  4. S=Spirituality. We want to challenge every pastor, every church, and every church member to be good stewards, and to be in every community as a Beacon of Hope. We challenge every church and school to promote spirituality, and to provide services for the good of the community. We ask that as a church community, lets engage in programs that transform communities and community values.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

[1] http://www.adventiststewardship.com/article/727/in-practice/in-practice-cp-act-live
[2] E.G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 395
[3] http://gcyouthministries.org

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Gift Planning And Trust Services

15 Inglish, DougI am glad that we are having the theme of stewardship for this edition of Northern Light because I am just one of those people who gets excited over the blessings that God provides to those who are faithful. The Bible is so full of His promises on this important topic and I am always up for a discussion about it.

Most of us think about stewardship on a paycheck-to-paycheck basis, in that by being faithful with each paycheck, I am able to see the blessings happen over the course of the pay period. It is also important for us to think about stewardship in the long run. Not all of our financial planning is done monthly, or even yearly. If we are wise, we are planning long term. We view finances and expenses in terms of our working lives, our retirements, our life expectancies, our rising health care needs, our long range investments, our real estate purchases, the cost of raising children through a college degree, securing our loved ones through insurance choices, and even our final expenses. We might joke about just spending what’s in the bank now and hoping it lasts until payday. But the truth is, we all spend with an eye to the future. It’s why we buy washers and dryers, instead of just using the laundromat for the rest of our lives.

Estate planning is all about the long view, on these and other issues. And it is just as important to place faithful stewardship right at the top of our long range plans as it is to place it at the top of our plans for each paycheck. Our department is eager to serve your needs not only by showing you how you can carefully plan over a lifetime to meet your changing needs, but to also talk about how good stewardship fits into your plans, and how you can make your accumulated possessions go further for you, for your heirs, and for the Lord’s work. Give us a call at 763-424-8923, and let’s talk about the blessings God has in store.

Doug Inglish, Director of Gift Planning & Trust Services

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Stewardship

Reggie Leach (MN Conference)

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Earth Day At Stone Ridge SDA Christian School

Earth Day 2In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and it was Good!  Then there was trash!  Stone Ridge SDA Christian School (SRSDACS) embraces the earth and its care as a privilege given by God. On Earth Day, April 22, 2015 the students spent time with trash bags in hand, cleaning up three streets around the school. Stewardship is more then returning your tithes and offerings, it’s also about taking care of what’s around you even if it doesn’t belong specifically to you.Earth Day 1

Teaching children to be responsible for public spaces is a gift the community will benefit from in years to come. The students also made Earth Day posters and a short video to share with their constituent churches on Sabbath.

Collene Rognlie-Klick, Stone Ridge SDA Christian School Volunteer

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It Is Better To Give

Ms. Schebo classMs. Schebo’s class at Minnetonka Christian Academy has been praying and thinking about the people of Nepal since the massive earthquake struck this past week.  As a class they decided to challenge themselves to see if they could raise $50.00 by Friday.

They didn’t stop there.  The students then challenged the other classrooms and staffs in our building to each raise $50.00 by Friday.  If all went as planned, they hoped to raise $200 to send to ADRA to help the relief efforts in Nepal by Friday.

The students were inspired to break into their piggy banks to help, ask grandma and grandpa for a few dollars, and maybe even ask some friends and relatives.  There were even a few students who said they wanted to have a fundraiser.

The goal was to raise $200 in three days.  They more than doubled that with a total of $520.10!  We will send the money to Adventist Development and Relief Agency that sends aid and medical help to those in need.

We are so proud of Ms. Schebo’s class for their leadership and inspiration and to all of our MCA students and staff for stepping up to the challenge!

John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Kari Schebo and Gary Davis, Minnetonka Christian Academy

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MWA Spring Concert

The church was gathered and a candle was lit to signify the start of the Sabbath. When the school choir sung, I was touched as I listened to the songs. One of the songs they sung at the beginning of the program had these words:IMG_6674

“Make me a servant Lord, give me a willing heart
May All I do be done for you
Cleanse me and fill me anew”

How fitting that these young people sung a prayer song. You could tell it was sung from deep down in their hearts like they meant it. I looked at them thinking, here is the church now alive, the church tomorrow will have leaders. As I listened, I said a prayer asking the Lord to answer these young people heart felt prayers. I know when God answers their prayers; the church will be fine in the future.

I noticed that some of the students were Seniors. Soon, they will be ready to leave these hallowed grounds of Maplewood Academy to enter the world or go to college. I thought about my time in academy and I wondered, “Are they prepared for the challenges ahead?” Then I heard them sing:

“Order my steps in your word dear Lord,
Lead me, guide me, every day.
Send your anointing, Father I pray
Order my steps in your word”IMG_6683

“Show me how to walk in your word
Show me how to talk in your word
When I need a brand new song to sing
Show me how to let your praise ring”

I heard them sing:

“I want to walk worthy Lord, my calling to fulfill
Please order my steps and I will do your blessed will
The world is ever changing but you are still the same
If You order my steps I’ll praise your name.”

I said to myself, “How true, this world is changing. When I was growing up, there were no cellphones, no electronic notebooks, no YouTube, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Netflix, no 24 hours of TV programming.” This world is changing! The old prophet talking about our time said something like this. There will be a lot of frantic running around, to and fro, people will be trying to figure out what’s going on in the world around them, and knowledge shall be increased. (Daniel 12:4 KJV)

At the end of the concert I was confident; the future of the church is in the hands of our young people. With the assurance expressed in their music, I know that the Lord will a) fill them up b) order their steps, c) make them willing d) control their hearts e) carry them in His embrace.

When they sang the closing song, I am told that this closing song was a theme song for many generations of Adventist students in MAUC. I think it is still as powerful now as when it was first composed. “No time to tarry here, no time to wait . . . Brother, oh fare ye well, for I’ m on my journey home. Sisters, oh fare ye well, for I am on my journey home”

God bless the students and the staff for the worship that was powerful. The Maplewood Academy Spring Concert was class 1.

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Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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Pathfinder Fair

IMG_6712The 2015 Pathfinder Fair was held at the Minnetonka church this year. In talking to the Youth Director, Pastor Jeff Wines said; “2015 Pathfinder Fair this year was very successful. We had a Record number of Pathfinder Clubs bringing together about 300 pathfinders from across the conference. This is the largest number we have had in a year which did not include Oshkosh.”

I asked one Pathfinder “What made this year’s Pathfinder Fair different?” He said “Well, We learned from last years’ experience and our club worked hard.” Another Pathfinder said “There were so many Pathfinders this year”

IMG_6729After all was done, it was nice to see so many smiling faces. The Pathfinder spirit is very strong in the Conference. There was so much enthusiasm. Everyone was proud of the hard-work they put into the program.

Pathfinders keep your EYES on eternity.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

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