Thankful Giving
Notes from the pastor

Thankful Giving: November Stewardship Campaign

Read Luke 17:11-19

From the moment we put the big bird in the oven till the last of the turkey sandwiches are gone, the focus of Thanksgiving is usually food.  To be honest I’m a big fan of the turkey, dressing, and cranberry sauce sandwich…with white bread and a slather of Duke’s mayo. 

The Bible tells us to give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. (Psalms 107:1)  Yet that attitude can be lost in our secular-minded, “I deserve everything I have” culture.  That may have been the mindset of the 9 lepers who were healed in the Luke passage above.  Maybe they thought that they deserved to be healed, so there was no need to thank anyone.  But there was one other.  Perhaps he realized that he didn’t deserve any of the blessings that came into his life.  So when a blessing did fall upon him, he knew it was proper to thank the author of his blessing –God.

When we understand and practice giving thanks for our blessings, we begin to develop an increased awareness of all that God has given us, and a greater sense of contentment with our life. 

November is a great month for offering thanks to God, and for his abundant provision in our lives.  One beautiful way we have to express our trust and gratitude to our Heavenly Father is in how we give; and a significant way we give is financially.

This November we will have our annual Pledge Campaign toward the cost of mission and ministry for 2019.  We talk a lot about trusting God and deepening our relationship with him, and a major way of doing both is by bringing our finances under his authority.

In invite you to pray about taking your relationship with God to the next level; and, for many of you that would mean beginning the spiritual practice of tithing.  A 10% tithe is biblical, and is a practice that God has said he would bless.

Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  Malachi 3:10

If you are not ready to move completely to a tithe, then I invite you to commit yourself to taking it in steps.  Perhaps increasing your financial gift to God by 1% of your income each year until you reach 10%.

Another way to work toward a tithe would be to increase your financial gift to God by 10% (or some other percentage of your choice) over what you have previously given.  For example:

  • If you are presently giving $125/month, then you would increase your giving by only $12.50 / month for a total of $137.50/month.
  • If you are presently giving $225/month, then you would increase your giving by only $22.50 / month for a total of $247.50/month.

By the first Sunday in November you will receive a Stewardship Letter and a 2019 Pledge Card in the mail.  I invite you to pray about this spiritual issue, and respond in the way the Lord leads you. 

We will come together for worship on November 18 for Pledge Sunday, and lay our financial pledges on the altar rail.  It will be our chance to join with the one leper who returned to give thanks.  Let’s join together as the church and thank our Heavenly Father for what he has done for us through Jesus Christ. 

Grace and peace,

- Pastor Ross
Last Published: October 30, 2018 1:54 PM
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