How wonderful to celebrate our 50th anniversary with a festive service this past Sunday. Thanks be to the many musicians, speakers, organizers, prayers, and planners who offered the best of themselves and their time to make it possible. And to God be the glory for the next 50 years and more!
I look forward to worshipping together again this week as we consecrate our pledges for the coming year. Financial giving is one of the many ways we return thanks and serve God and neighbor through life in the church. It enables planned ministry to flourish, keeps unplanned events from stalling that ministry, and allows us to respond thoughtfully to local and world needs throughout the year.
Planned giving can also serve as a personal spiritual discipline. Committing even when we cannot say exactly what the future holds means we begin by trusting in God’s abundance, rather than fearing human or worldly scarcity. Our ancestors in this church have done so at quite a few junctures: at the merger, in starting Harvest Market, during leaner years, and when facing the difficult decisions that any congregation faces. May we take courage in their leading and God’s continued guidance as we plan for 2024 and beyond.
PS – We know that due to postal delays, not everyone has yet received the Stewardship Ministry’s mailing and pledge cards. Paper cards will be available in the church on Sunday, and online pledging is also an option. Thank you for your understanding.