October 26, 2016
I give you a new commandment: that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you ought to love one another. (John 13:34)
Our focus and goal in this year’s annual stewardship campaign is to increase our commitment to care for our neighbors:
- through a commitment to support Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools;
- providing more affordable housing for families in danger of falling into homelessness;
- supporting a medical clinic in Bayonnais, Haiti;
- an investment in the Villa Infantil de Maya in Mexico;
- sponsorship of mission co-workers in Havana, Cuba;
- and upgraded infrastructure for Friendship Trays as they provide meals for the homebound in the Charlotte area.
In order for us to meet these goals two things have to happen: you and I need to share our financial resources with the church, and the church needs to trim the amount of money we spend inside our gates. Our leadership has a plan to achieve the latter (trimming our expenses). It’s up to you to deliver on the former (by making a pledge).
This Sunday (October 30), you are invited to bring your pledge card with you to worship. During the final hymn, you’ll be asked to make your financial commitment by placing your pledge card in baskets on the communion table. (We’ll also have I Pledged cards for all who have pledged already by mail or online.)
What I want you to know is that when you make that commitment this Sunday it is about a whole lot more than making sure our church meets its budget for next year. It is even about a whole lot more than our desire to increase our commitment to outreach.
At the core, committing to give your money for ministry in Christ’s name is how you demonstrate your trust that God can and will provide…for you and for your neighbors.
One of my favorite teachers believes the great test of life and of faith is for us to decide what narrative we will believe: a narrative of scarcity—that there’s not enough to go around—or a narrative of abundance—that God provides us with more than enough.
The reason Lindsey and I make it a point to stretch ourselves a little bit more each year around stewardship season is because we have found joy in discovering—again and again—that our God is a God of abundance.
– Pen Peery
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