Sep 28, 2012

Why Pledging is Important

A lot of people joke about giving to the church and I like the story that Garrison Keillor tells:

A letter from a local church to members who were not present on Pledge Dedication Sunday and therefore did not fill out their pledge cards: "Dear Ann and Joe: We missed you last Sunday, which was Pledge Sunday. Since you were not present to fill out your pledge card and to make it easy for you, we have completed a pledge card for you. Thank you for being so generous.

Your Finance Committee" (Garrison Keillor)

This Sunday morning (September 30) we worship and celebrate our loyalty to Christ and Christ’s Church. Our stewardship campaign is: Do the Right Thing. This theme reflects what all Christians know—everything we have and everything that we are is a gift from God. To be a steward is to be a person who understands the importance of gratitude. God has blessed our congregation with many people who understand gratitude firsthand.

It is our conviction that stewardship is simply another name for faithfulness. Anyone can “talk a good game,” but the real test of faith is what we do for others—our children, the poor, the aged, and others who cannot fend for themselves. It is true that a person can give without Christ, but a person cannot be in Christ and fail to give. Jesus spoke often about our relationship to our possessions—and we know what Paul told us Jesus said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

This Sunday, 30 September 2012, please attend worship. Please bring your pledge card to the altar. Please dedicate your financial intention for 2012. Please consecrate your life to the cause of Christ. It is a cause greater than all of us. If you cannot attend worship, kindly send your pledge card to the church. Every gift is important and our goal is to have 750+ households participate in our campaign Do the Right Thing. As a church, we are stronger when we work together because “many hands lighten the load.”

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