I heard on the news yesterday that we are less than a year from national elections. This triggered in my mind how politicians make their last minute around the clock scurry to all parts of the United States trying to secure that last vote. While I won’t be tearing up the road driving from house to house and what I need to do will not affect us on a national scene, I would like to put in my last appeal for this year’s stewardship drive.
As the church council hammers away at the final figures of the budget, we do know that it will not exceed last year’s budget. That is good news. On the other hand we have had our losses this year by death, retirement, and relocations. BUT, we have received new members who are contributing both scenarios are unplanned. We really won’t know the results until the pledge drive is complete.
Then what do we know. We know that your gifts matter. We know that everyone gives according to their ability. That is why we send out the percentage charts with your pledge card to respect everyone’s income level. Finally, we do know that when each of us does our best to increase a little and it adds up to a lot. That “lot” helps us do ministry without the fears that accompany shortfalls and tight budgets.
In conclusion, for all the talk about money, it is really about our love for God. We use the money to serve God. It provides a place for worship. It pays a staff to help run ministries. It makes it possible to help others in need, including our own. But above all that, it reminds that all we have is a gift from God, even the air we breathe. This is our thanks to Him for giving us life.
Join us on November 17, for special worship services as we make our pledges to God. We will eat at the Lord’s Table, share a biscuit and beverage in the fellowship hall, and bring a can good for those who struggle every day to put food on the table. This is a day of gratitude.
In His Service, Pastor Mitchell