A Letter From Pastor Bob Casady
Dear Schweitzer Family,
Outreach, pastoral care, going deeper, and kids & youth are vivid expressions of transformation occurring at Schweitzer. As we give God our thanks and praise, we recognize that these ministries are possible due to the generosity of our congregation. The giving of our tithes and offerings transform both the giver and the receiver. The regular practice of giving deepens our own walk with Christ as it provides the financial resources our church needs.
We utilize several methods of giving. Some of us give online through our website www.sumc.co. Others give through texting 417-772-3193. Some have begun the practice of using the kiosk iPad in the Foyer. There are those who give the old fashioned way through cash or check in the offering bag. The key is for each of us to develop a giving plan and stick with it. “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (I Corinthians 9:7, TNIV). To these encouraging words of scripture, I offer the following suggestions in our financial giving:
- If we do not currently give, let’s begin somewhere.
- If we are giving sporadically, let’s move to a consistent pattern of giving.
- If we have given consistently for years, but never actually tithed 10% of our income, let’s continue taking steps to move toward doing so.
- If we tithe, how is God calling us to further grow in the grace of giving?
Sunday, November 20, is Generosity Sunday, the day we ask all members of our church family to bring their 2017 Planned Giving Card to worship. By doing so, we take an important step in bringing our finances in alignment with God’s purposes and assist the church in planning ministry in the new year. If you are unable to be in worship November 20th, will you return your card to the church during the next few weeks? Thank you for being a part of Schweitzer fulfilling our mission of Transforming lives by making disciples of Jesus Christ. Join me in praying for a wonderful response on Generosity Sunday.
Pastor Bob Casady