2019 Financial Pledge Campaign Begins
“Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha.
She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.”
The Acts of the Apostles is a fast-moving account of how Jesus’ followers continued to spread the good news of God’s grace and kindness around the Mediterranean. The focus is on the ministries of Peter and Paul. Acts describes how the Spirit of the Risen Christ guided and empowered the early Christians and the character traits the non-believing world saw in them. One of those early followers of Jesus was a woman named Tabitha. Luke, the author of Acts, described her simply — “she was devoted to good works and acts of charity” (Acts 9:36). The story continues with her being taken ill and apparently dying. Her body had even been washed and prepared for burial. Then someone sent two messengers to Peter asking him to come and raise her from death. Peter came, hustled all of the mourners outside, and then commanded Tabitha to “Get up!” She opened her eyes and re-entered the land of the living. Tabitha got up off her death bed and kept on doing what she had always done — performing acts of kindness and using her financial resources to bring God’s good news to the world in word and deed.
This year, Tabitha of Joppa will be our inspiring model as we are called again to “support the ministry of the saints” with our time, money and skills. Christian stewardship is not an annual three-week campaign; it is a way of life all year long. It is our “Position Description of Faith,” and it has just a few responsibilities: Using our time, money and abilities, we are to love God with all our heart, mind and strength, and love others as we love ourselves. The annual stewardship campaign is when we make the promise that our “walk” will match up to our “talk.”
Due to the generosity of our members in 2019, it looks like we will finish the year with a balanced budget for the first time in over a decade! Let’s do it again in 2020.
Here are the two events to remember:
Stewardship Packet Distribution – All Saints’ Sunday, November 3
Please make an extra special effort to attend worship and pick up your packet so we do not have to pay postage to mail your packet.
Procession of Pledges and Congregational Luncheon – Sunday, November 17
Bring your pledge card to church for dedication and enjoy lunch and the Advent Workshop.