From the Pastor’s Pen – February 2015


“Giving Joyfully”

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” ~ 2 Corinthians 9:7


I want to thank everyone who gave to the ministry of our Church in 2014, your faithfulness helped us to have a successful year in ministry as we feed hungry kids, helped those in need from our community, offered Wednesday and Sunday programs for our Children, Youth, and Adults, as we met all of our financial obligations for the calendar year, and as we participated in much more work for God’s kingdom!

It has been our tradition over the last several years to spend February renewing our Commitment to the Church as we make our pledges to underwrite our financial obligations for the current year.  This year will be no different as we spend the first three weeks of February preparing ourselves to make our 2015 pledges.

Each year as we enter into this time of discernment, we focus on different ways in which we commit ourselves to God and the work of the Church.  Last year we focused on the vows of the Church and how we promise to uphold its ministry through our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.  This year we are going to focus specifically on our Giving as it relates to the work of God’s kingdom in our Church, Community and the World.

During this three week sermon series on Giving we will focus on what it means to be joyful givers.  During the first week we will discover what it means to be participants in God’s Economy, and how we develop a heart for this type of work and giving.  During the second week we will focus on demystifying the offering itself, as we examine where the money goes once it is given to the church and its ministry.  In the final week as we celebrate our newest members at a potluck in their honor after the 10:50 a.m. service, we will discover in worship that regardless of what our earnings look like that we all have something that can be given to the kingdom for God’s work, and how these extraordinary gifts can truly change the world.

As we celebrate worship on February 15, we will all have the opportunity to make our commitment to the Church and its ministry.  I would ask that you be in prayerful consideration of what you and your family will offer the Church this year as we continue to work together for God’s kingdom.  I would also ask that you join us for these three weeks of worship as we will have the opportunity to hear from some of our members as they share with us what the ministry of our Church means to them.

In Christ,

Rev. John Embrey


“Giving Joyfully”

February 1:  “A Heart for God’s Economy”

February 8: “Demystifying the Offering”

February 15: “No Empty Hands”



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