2021 STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN
BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4th
Our stewardship theme for this Sunday is the word “attend.” This word immediately calls to mind for me Hebrews 10:24-25 where the writer tells us “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Especially in the past few months, these verses have been held up as a reminder of how vital it is that we continue to meet, in some form, as the church despite the challenges that COVID-19 has brought us. The writer asks his readers to consider how we may “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” and to not give up on meeting together even though there are some who have gotten into the habit of not doing that, but to instead encourage each other and strengthen each other’s faith.
In days such as these, this coming together to love and support each other is perhaps more important than ever. It’s no secret that God did not intend us to live our physical lives in solitude and He does not intend for us to live our spiritual lives that way either. This is the reason that we are called to gather together and worship as one, pray as one, and love each other as one. It’s in the community of the church that we are able to strengthen each other’s faith and help each other overcome the challenges and trials that life in this world presents us.
These days we are more aware than perhaps ever before of the different ways that we can engage in that community. Some of you choose to come to the 9:00 service on Sunday while others of you attend the 11:00 service. There are still others of you however who engage through Facebook Live. What matters most is not the medium through which we engage in our church community, but that we engage at all. As we prepare for 2021, let’s make the choice as a church, as the people of God, that we will dedicate ourselves to being present in our church community and in doing so be a good steward of this community that God has blessed us with.