Happy Easter and thanks for worshipping with us. Your stewardship committee has been busy these last few months planning and doing things to involve us in the church and our community so that we may give generously of ourselves.
A focus of our team is to encourage the congregation to give to the Lord freely and generously. In 2 Corinthians 9:6, the Apostle Paul states, “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows generously will so reap generously.” In today’s economic climate and hard times with job losses, supporting families, high costs of medication and paying bills there seems not to be enough to go around at the end of the day. Your stewardship team is here to remind you that giving generously to the Lord doesn’t always have to just include our financial gifts and tithes, but also the giving of our time and God-given talents. We as a church have shined with giving generously over the past few months with helping to clean, paint, and removing unwanted items from the church building to help make our facilities what it is today. In addition, we have volunteered at the Hagerstown Free Clinic and next month will be helping Habitat for Humanity.
We can not let this generosity of giving end. We must remain consistent in our generosity to grow. To be consistent is to be reliable, meaning, to be able to maintain a particular standard or repeat a particular task with minimal variation. We must commit to give of our time, talents, and tithes on a regular bases. It is necessary for the stewardship team to remind everyone that your financial contributions and tithing to the church help to keep the doors of New Light MCC open as well as supporting our church’s mission and vision. To accomplish this task we would like to suggest a simple practice for you to follow. If you are absent one week, we ask you to put aside the amount you would have normally tithed and add that to your next week’s tithing, or set up automatic payments from your bank so that each week your money comes to the church even if you aren’t there.
We are a generous and giving Church. Our tithes and gifts show the generous Spirit that is with us and will assist us in moving forward in our Church’s growth.
We hope that you will continue to share the gifts that God has bestowed upon you as a steward, so that we may continue to make strides towards growing our generous church. We pray to God to guide each of us in being consistent in our generous giving to honor of our believed Savior.
Yours in Christ,
New Light MCC Stewardship Committee Chairperson