Warm Thanksgiving greetings!
God’s generosity overflows at Davis Street UMC! Throughout generations, God inspires, challenges and convicts the hearts and minds of many faithful followers of Christ to give and support the Lord’s mission and work through Davis Street UMC. They generously give their tithes and offerings as an act of worship and thanksgiving to God. And some of them even give beyond their tithes and offerings through special funds, permanent endowments and scholarships that transform many lives in the community and beyond.
Last October, we launched the 6-week New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Campaign. The New Consecration Sunday focuses on the question, “What is God calling me to do?” rather than “What does the church need in order to pay its bills?” This campaign raises the question: “What percentage of your income is God calling you to give?” Rather than asking financial contribution to “pay the bills” or “support the budget,” the New Consecration Sunday asks people to grow spiritually by giving a percentage of their income to the Lord’s work through Davis Street UMC.
Therefore, the New Consecration Sunday is a spiritual-growth experience and not a fundraising effort. This campaign teaches stewardship on the basis of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual benefit rather than on the basis of the need of the church to receive to balance its budget.
Moreover, the New Consecration Sunday models the idea that stewardship is part of our worship of God, rather than a fundraising event. This campaign refuels church members’ nurturing regarding the spiritual connection between money and God. This is about challenging us to go back to the Biblical model of giving and generosity to help us escape the trap of selfishness and self-gratification by keeping ourselves spiritually focused on God.
I urge you now to plan to attend the New Consecration Sunday on November 24th @ 10:55am with Rev. Dr. Gene Cobb as our Guest Preacher. After the service, everyone is invited for the Celebration Luncheon @ the Fellowship Hall.
This Thanksgiving season and in all seasons, may we practice generosity and be faithful in managing all that God gives so that God can use our gifts to transform us spiritually and to extend Jesus Christ’s transforming love to others.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Luke 12:34)