From Kathy…

We live in a country where we have the ability and the liberty to freely support the things that matter to us. Each autumn we have a stewardship campaign to remind us of the importance of giving through the church to support the ministry and mission to which God calls us. This year our stewardship campaign is coupled with our Capital Campaign, Moving Forward with the Mission of Love, for the new office building. Some people like it when we preach about stewardship, some people don’t, some see it as a necessary evil and others think we shouldn’t do it.

I think teaching, preaching and talking about stewardship is a joy. Jesus understood that where people spent their money/wealth/resources is a major aspect of what it means to follow in his way—to be the people of God. If we get our spending and giving right the rest of our priorities fall in line.  There is a scripture in the Gospel of Matthew that reminds us The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being (Matthew 6:21).  I believe that most of us will find that if we were to categorize the way we spend our money for a month, we would find that the things that matter most to us is where the majority of our money goes. This is a good exercise to do because sometimes we will find ourselves spending money on things that really aren’t that important. Our annual stewardship month is a great time to review spending habits and get them in line with our values.

And this is why a third of Jesus’ teachings are on how we manage our resources (money, crops, etc.); he knew we needed help in this area. This coupled with his teachings about helping to bring in the Kingdom of God comprise the bulk of his teachings.

So I ask you to prayerfully consider your giving for the rest of this year, for 2020 and the extra mile giving for the Capital Campaign. Analyze how you’re spending your money. Reflect on the mission and ministry of the church and how important it is for you. Consider how you might increase your giving (less Starbucks, less meals out and more meals at home, take your lunch to work a couple of times a week, drop you thermostat by a couple of degrees and where sweaters during the winter—I have heard some wonderful ideas). If you are not in a position to give more, we understand and thank you for what you are able to do. If you are able to increase your giving, please do and we thank you for that.

I also encourage you to participate in the wonderful events that are being planned by our Capital Campaign Team beginning with our Vision Awareness Sunday on October 27 and including our Mission Emphasis Sunday and Prayer Vigil.

I close with this passage from 2 Corinthians 9:6-7: The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he/she has decided in his/her heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

I invite us to be cheerful givers. I invite us to continue to be God’s hands, heart, feet and ATMs in the world!

As always, I am happy to talk with you about this or any other matters.

Blessings, Pastor Kathy

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