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ImageI am bringing beef bourguignon to this Sunday’s stewardship luncheon.

Usually for church dinners, I pick up a bucket of KFC and then artfully arrange the pieces of chicken on a dish from my own kitchen. Or I run to the nearest deli and load a plastic container with broccoli salad.  But not this time.  This time I am pulling out all the culinary stops. Julia Child and I are making my contribution to the luncheon.  We are making one of her most complicated dishes–beef bourguignon (when I say “we” I know she’s not really going to be there in the kitchen with me, but I will be playing a video of her show, The French Chef, while doing an exegesis of her book, Mastering the  Art of French Cooking).

Why would I bring a recipe to a church luncheon that requires no less than 18 different ingredients (the “herb bouquet” consists of four parsley sprigs, one-half bay leaf, one-quarter teaspoon thyme and tied in cheesecloth), a dish that comes with instructions to “cut the bacon into lardons” (lardons?), and that casually guides the cook down a complicated yellow brick road of 32 separate steps?  Why?  Because stewardship is about abundance.

And nothing screams abundance like a recipe from Julia Child, especially, beef bourguignon.

We worship an abundant God and live in an abundant world.  We gather in a church abundant with love and generosity.   Stewardship is relaxing into what God has given us—a lifetime supply of grace and love.  Stewardship is relaxing into what this church gives us—the security and peace of faithful community.  It is only our fear of scarcity that inhibits us.

Let’s respond to our call to stewardship like a Julia Child recipe—generous splashes of wine, mounds of butter, cups of cream, extravagant, lavish, joyous, giving back what God has given so generously to us.

Want to take the extravagant challenge and bring a dish to the luncheon?  go to this link Cook for Stewardship and get signed up.

See You in the Pews!

Reverend Jane


If you haven’t returned your pledge card to the church, you can always bring it Sunday.

Stewardship Sunday: February 16, 10:00 worship followed by an abundant lunch!

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  • John

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    February 12, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    See your choice of beef bourguignon accompanies rather closely the visit of French President Francois Holland to Monticello. Bon appetit! Viva la stewardship bien!

  • Wes & Mrilyn

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    February 12, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    What a neat comparison-beef bourguignon & stewardship. No doubt you know we are sharing Pastor Jim Woodworth with the Presbyterian Church and it is working well. Our Sunday School and Church attendance is slowly increasing.
    Best Wishes – Marilyn and Wes

    • janewillan

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      February 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Mary keeps me updated–the partnership with the Presbyterian church sounds very exciting. We think of you both so often!