Then you shall say before the
LORD your God: “I have removed the sacred portion from the house, and I
have given it to the Levites, the resident aliens, the orphans, and the widows,
in accordance with your entire commandment that you commanded me; I have neither
transgressed nor forgotten any of your commandments…”
The culmination of our Sacred
Portion Season will be on Sunday, November 5, 2017, with special services at and 10:00am.This is the day set aside where we make
our commitments of resources to the up-building of God’s Kingdom through
the ministries of this Church.It
is an opportunity to reaffirm our whole community’s deep, collective
commitment to our stewardship of God’s creation, God’s people, and
God’s Church through worship, fellowship and fun.A coffee hour reception immediately follows
the 10:00am service. A nice assortment of little “eats” and
beverages will be available in the Gurley Room. So, bring the entire family and
your friends and enjoy St. Martin’s-style hospitality while celebrating
our beloved congregation’s process of revitalization and transformation
through the Spirit of Christ among us.
My husband and I moved many
times over the years. Each time we found a church, it seemed the new one
started a major fund drive as soon as we arrived. It happened so often that we
joked about it, but then we began to notice something happening to ourselves as
Starting with the amount of
our pledge to our former church, we found ourselves raising the income
percentage as we saw the needs of our new parish. Our surprise was that, as we
gave a larger portion of our income, we still had as much money as we needed ??
even with more children, new houses to buy, and so on. When we reached ten
percent, which had once seemed huge, it took very little from our lifestyle.
Finally we realized the truth
of common sayings: "Give until it feels good" and "Everything
belongs to God." Somehow the adjustments to our lifestyle that were
required from time to time didn't make much difference in our enjoyment of
life. Neither did it affect the love of family and friends.
Like countless others, we
learned that nothing, after all, is really ours. It's God's all along, and he
is simply letting us use what we need while we are on earth. In the end, as
saints and sages have known through the ages, it??s not acquiring that gives us
happiness, it’s sharing.
from Forward Day by Day, a publication from