For the last two weeks in worship, we have spent time talking about the ways we are called to loosen our grip on our stuff so that we can experience the life-giving gift of generosity. When we aren’t slaves to gathering up more things, we have the freedom to control where our money goes and who we can impact with our resources in positive ways. It’s our human tendency to accumulate possessions and wealth, but God’s dreams for us are far away from being overrun by debt and stuff.
This Sunday in worship, we will have a conversation about the things that define our life: wealth, belongings, faith? Many of us live with a scarcity mentality, worried that we must gather and hoard as much as possible, saving for some imagined “rainy day.” Or, we focus on self-gratification. But the Bible promises both God’s blessings and God’s joy for those who choose to live another way. During the service, we will talk about actual action steps we can take to change our lives over the next year.
I urge you to join us this week as we learn how to live a new way — as people who are defined by generosity and who experience true joy! As you explore that generosity and joy, I hope you’ll begin considering how you might plan to be generous to our church in 2019. Any day now you should receive a pledge card in the mail. Please plan to return it to the church on November 18, or fill it out online at this link. Everyone who fills out a form will get a new Faith UMC Coffee Mug!
Also: don’t forget to check out all of the exciting ways we have planned to serve our church and community on Nov. 25 for Be the Church Sunday! During this season of gratefulness, we encourage everyone to take some time to serve this incredible community in which we live. You can volunteer by taking lunch to our Emergency Responders, collecting canned goods, decorating the church for Christmas, doing some work at McNair Elementary, and more! You can sign up in the Connection Center on Sunday morning!
Your pastor and friend,