Our May stewardship campaign has begun! The theme for the series is "The Church is Kind of a Big Deal". We are mindful that the church is like no other organization. It is, in fact, the body of Christ. When we give to the church, we are giving to the Kingdom Building Work of God. Members should receive in the mail a letter which has an estimate of giving card attached. Please detach and return the estimate of your giving by the end of May to the church office. Please note: This is your estimate of giving for July 1, 2017 - Dec. 31, 2017 only! In order to move to a calendar fiscal year, we will have another estimate of giving card distributed in the fall for your full year 2018 pledge. Also, please note that on your card, you will have the opportunity to pledge not only to the regular budget, but also to the building fund, which is used to pay off our property, building, and help with unexpected maintenance costs. (Please don't decrease your regular pledge, however, in order to give to the building fund!) If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please direct them to Robin Olson (Finance Chair), Mary Lou Stelter (Business Administrator), or Pastor Lori.
"Here I am Lord" - When God cries out asking who will go, who will do the right things, the hard things, the right answer in the Bible is always, "Here I am Lord, send me." God uses the gifts of our time, talents and treasure. God is calling us to use the blessings bestowed upon us to faithfully fulfill our mission to FIND the lost, RELEASE the captive, and DEVELOP disciples of Jesus. Every gift is an investment not only in mission and ministry, but in people.
"The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything and may provide in abundance for every good work”
--2 Corinthians 9:6-8
"In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly."