Good morning… For those who don’t know me, I’m Jana Holst. I have been a member of CtK for a little over 20 years now. It really doesn’t seem like 20 years…the time has flown by.
Over those years, I have worn many hats. Webmaster, Offering Counter, Council Member, Mutual Ministry Member, Adult Choir Member, Bell Choir Member, and in the past year, even a "Church Lady" hat.
The hat I’ve worn the longest at (CtK) has been the bookkeeper hat. I’m not sure exactly when I started, but I think it is been about 14 years now. Some people might find the activity recording income and writing checks… boring or even tedious, but one of the talents God gave me, was the talent of finding joy in order. I do enjoy making lists, storing data, and summing up columns of numbers. So, I am very glad to share my time and talents in this way with CtK. I find a calmness in the weekly data entry and monthly checkbook reconciliation. I feel a great sense of accomplishment when I send out reports to the ministry teams. I really feel like I’m pitching in and helping people even when I am in the office alone.
To me, Stewardship has always meant being a steward of the gifts God has given us. It’s a word we don’t use very often anymore. We are more likely to say "manager" or "caretaker". So, for me everything I do in life displays my stewardship… good or bad. When I recycle my bottles and cans to benefit the environment… “Good steward”, when I waste clean water at the sink, “Bad Steward”.
God has given me so much…great family and friends, great church family (here at CtK and at “First Lutheran” growing up in Chariton, Iowa… and also the talents and skills that have allowed me to have a great career.
So… as for WHY I give… it’s pretty simple… I have been given so much, that I want to give back.
I don’t consider my giving to be sacrificial.
That would be quite a leap for me… but I give with Joy from my abundance and try to do my best to share my talents with you all… as we walk on our journey, together.