E-Note for Tuesday, November 15

Good Morning, Friends! I hope this week’s E-Note finds you well. Heads up, we won’t have an E-Note next week.

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“The Sermon on the Amount”
A family had been to church and was sitting in their favorite restaurant after the service. They began making observations about the worship service. The Father said, “Wow, that sermon was just as dry as dust. And they had it way too hot in there! That’s a waste of money!” Mother picked up where Father had left off. “And who told that lady in the fourth row of the choir she was a singer? She screeches! And those choir robes! How long are they going to keep wearing those old, tattered things?”
Their little boy, listening as his parents ranted, spoke up: “Well, Daddy, Mama, I thought it was a pretty good show…for a dollar.”
Out of the mouths of babes.
What’s the proper amount to give? The Old Testament makes it plain that a tithe is God’s expectation for all of his followers. Do you realize that if every one of our church members lived at poverty level, but we all tithed, that would come to over $2.5 Million per year? Goodness!
Truth is, many folks who go to that restaurant after church have no problem giving 10%, or even 15%, to the total stranger who waited on them, but when it comes to GOD, well, they stop at nothing.
But look.
God doesn’t want something FROM you. God wants something FOR you. Something we will never have until we trust Him enough to meet our needs, and we grow from givers into tithers.
 
Shannon and I have always tithed. Even when it made no rational, economic sense to do so. In the 1990’s we were both working, always broke, and Shannon was expecting our first son, Jesse. She came home from work one day and said, “I have prayed about this. I think God wants me to quit my job and stay home to raise children.” I responded, “That’s amazing. I’ve been thinking the same thing.”  Gulp. And so we prayed some more, and we determined that as scary as it was, God would take care of us, as He promises to do. And one day soon, Shannon quit her job and came home. That cut our household income by 61% in one day.
But here’s the amazing part. We never missed a meal. We were never late in paying a bill. We never missed a tithe. True, we ate out less. We raided our parents’ pantries. We ate a lot of venison and fish. We bought new tires one at a time. But because we dared to trust God and follow His Will, He took care of our needs! Because God honors and blesses us in ways we can’t predict UNLESS we trust Him that deeply!
And I have never been on such a thrill ride as tithing when it made no sense economically to do so. Free climbing on 300-foot cliffs? Ha. Skydiving from 14,500 feet? Yawn. 
Nothing compares with the thrill of trusting God with your very existence!
I hope, Dear Friends, that someday you experience the exhilaration of complete trust in God. There’s nothing like it.
Think about that, as you bring your completed 2023 Commitment Card to worship this Sunday.
In Joy,
Tom

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Thanks to all who supported the important mission of the Gideons last Sunday! Thanks also to our Veterans, who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to all who supported our United Methodist Youth fundraiser! Thanks to our Handbell Choir, under the direction of Camille Barkley, for their beautiful music!

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Good News! The Rice and Beans pick-up date has been extended into December! More time to be generous!

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More good news! We are partnering with the local Gideon Camp to make sure that every family which comes to shop at our Christmas Store (December 6 and December 8) will receive a free Bible, in either English or Spanish! That’s around 300 families!

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Remember that the church offices will be CLOSED the week of Thanksgiving (November 21-25). If you need something to go in either the Nov. 20 or November 27 bulletin, get it to Judy in the office by November 16!

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Well, Friends, that’s about it for now. Have a great day, remember there won’t be an E-Note next week, and remember,
Plan A is to trust God. There is not plan B.-Tara Leigh Cobble