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Tuesday Morning Small Group reading "Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship"

The Prayer Breakfast Group is reading Beyond the Offering Plate: A Holistic Approach to Stewardship (© 2017) edited by Adam Copeland. The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Ryan.

Everyone is welcome to participate ... and Pr. Peter pays for breakfast for all first-time guests! Questions? Want to know more? Contact Pr. Peter.

Messiah's Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant has to leave for work, usually around 7:05-7:10am.

Beyond the Offering Plate is a collection of essays written by contemporary North American theologians on the topic of all things stewardship—except for money. Just completed in August of 2017, the premise of the book is that while financial stewardship is important, it is not the full picture, that Christians long for more substance (not money) in their quest to be good stewards. Copeland writes, "Talking about stewardship once a year, and only in terms of financial stewardship, is like sitting down for a four-course meal, but leaving after only a few bites of the appetizer. Even if those few bites are delicious, a hunger remains." A variety of essayists open up the other "courses" in thoughtful and intriguing ways by addressing subjects as important as one's time, technology, privilege, spiritual gifts, body, social capital, work, and mind, and how these express our trust in God's love in our broken and promise-filled world.   

Books are available at in hardcover and Kindle editions.

The readings for each Tuesday are also posted on the daily calendar maintained on this site.
Oct. 10 - foreward, introduction and chapter 1
Stewardship of Time

Oct. 17 - chapter 2
Life at Its End

Oct. 24 - chapter 3
Money and Finances: Practicing Generosity as a Way of Life 

Oct. 31 - chapter 4
Technology: Digital Gifts

Nov. 7 - chapter 5
Privilege: Toward the Stewardship of Incarnation

Nov. 14 - chapter 6
Spirit: Stewarding Spiritual Gifts

Nov. 21 - chapter 7
Body: On Flesh

Nov. 28 - chapter 8
Community: Investing Social Capital as an Act of Faith

Dec. 5 - chapter 9
Work: Called to Service

Dec. 12 - chapter 10
Mind: the Ascension of Our Life Together

Previous Readings

The group meets throughout the year and regularly alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included October 31, 1517: Luther and the Day that Changed the World by Martin Marty (© 2016), A Year of Biblical Womanhood by Rachel Held-Evans (© 2012), A New Kind of Christianity: Ten Questions that are Transforming the Faith by Brian McLaren (© 2011) The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle (© 2012), Names for the Messiah by Walter Brueggemann (© 2016), The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes, The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, and Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles. 

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