Someone recently remarked that I have not spoken much publicly during our stewardship campaign about the financial stress our annual budget will face due to the debt we will owe on our new Children’s Building.
That is true. You will recall that I never once mentioned the budget when I taught on generosity these past few weeks. Why? Well, our giving is a heart matter, and it’s also a spiritual matter. Once we get our hearts right, then our church budget will take care of itself.
I’m happy to report that our congregation has proved my theory correct! As of Tuesday afternoon we have had 135 commitments returned for a total of $628,845.00. In comparison, last year we had 122 total commitments totaling $495,924.00. Also, we have 22 pledges from last year that have yet to be turned in for 2017. I have faith that these commitments will be renewed and perhaps even increased.
Speaking of increase, you also need to know that of the financial commitments that have been renewed for 2017, there has been an increase of $86,490.00. That means new resources for reaching people and making disciples for Jesus Christ. How exciting!
If you have not yet made a financial commitment to our church family, please consider doing so. It will be good for you. It will be good for our church. And who knows? You just might be surprised by how much joy you find.
Thank you for your faithfulness.
P.S. Here’s some helpful and timely wisdom from John Wesley…
“I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them:
- To vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy.
- To speak no evil of the person they voted against.
- To take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side.”