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10 Minutes about Stewardship

10 Minutes with Gene and Lynn Gant March

By Lee Hinson-Hasty



Lee: You are both retired teaching elders. How long have you been at Highland? What keeps you here?

Gene: Our daughters brought us to Highland in 1984. Solid preaching kept us here. Cynthia is outstanding. I get dried up and she helps fill me back up!

Lynn: Second Presbyterian was my home church. I came with Gene and my daughter (Amy Fitzgerald) and grandchildren are active. In addition to the youth ministry and worship, I stay because of the people. I find … they are genuine, biblically intelligent, theologically curious, and modest.

Gene: I also like the diversity and welcome to all… something I find Highland values. I especially love it when the kids go to the front!

Lee: Our 2015 stewardship theme is inspired by communion: “The Gifts of God for the People of God for the World.” What connections do you see between communion and stewardship?

Gene: During communion I like to see what is given to people materialize in the world. I saw that clearly when celebrating communion in Guatemala!

Lynn: [That’s true when we ask] how are we a gift of God? How should we serve? What can I do?

Gene: [That’s true for] those who have gotten personally involved with welcoming refugees, those who have been readers in elementary school, and others who become the face of God for others.

Lee: In the coming weeks session members and a few others will be hosting neighborhood “Conversations with Cynthia.” What do you think about gatherings like this about the present and future of Highland Pres.?

Lynn: I like that we get to be with other Highland members in smaller groups.

Gene: This is a marvelous idea; one I hope we do every year!

Lee: You give so much of your talent to Highland, and I suspect your treasure too! What motivates you to give?

Gene: I believe in the local church. If ministry is going to happen, it is going to happen there. I have Highland in my long term plans, my will, too.

Lynn: Everything we have… we owe it to God. It is a pay-it-forward kind of thing.

Gene: I began giving when I was in college… a little bit every week even when money was tight. I never went wanting. What I have been called to be is a good steward. I just wish I had even more resources to give!

Lynn: Gene is a cheerful giver, a mindset I would like to have. I am lavish in the giving of my time and skills without charge.

Gene: I carry two stones in my coin purse from times when I renewed my baptism. They help me remember my baptism, (that I am a child and gift of God)… because it is with my money I am most likely to betray my Lord. [Some churches] never ask for money. I don’t agree. I believe Highland needs to be challenged. Together, we have the capacity to give much more.

Lee: Thanks for sharing your time and wisdom. You both are gifts of God for the people of God at HPC and beyond!

Jazz Communion

This morning Highland Presbyterian Church knew the spirit was moving during the Jazz Communion worship service. In case you were unable to attend, here is your moment of joy!