Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity

 

Dear Friends,

 

One of Jesus’ great teaching parables involves a sower who cast seed along the ground. The sower hoped the seeds would sprout, grow, and bear good fruit. Some seeds did just that, producing a great harvest. But other seeds, Jesus said, fell among thorns and, though they began to grow, these good plants were quickly choked out. Jesus said the thorns were “the cares of the world and the lure of wealth” (Matthew 13:22).

 

In a culture where having “enough” seems to have become a never-ending pursuit, Jesus’ parable remains incredibly relevant. Many of us find ourselves chasing the American dream in ways that lead to stress, anxiety, and fear – thorns that can rob us of the ability to enjoy the abundant lives of purpose that God intended for us.

 

All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, over the next four weeks, we will be having a churchwide emphasis called “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity,” based on the book by Adam Hamilton. During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial management through worship and sharing stories and some practical tools.

 

At the end of the four weeks, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offerings to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate these commitments in one worship service on Sunday, October 28, and celebrate in a churchwide luncheon immediately following the worship service.

 

Schedule of Events:

Sunday, September 30            “When Dreams Become Nightmares”

Sunday, October 7                  “Wisdom and Finance”

Sunday, October 14                “Cultivating Contentment”

Sunday, October 21                “Defined by Generosity”

 Sunday, October 28                Consecration Sunday and Celebration

                                                One Service at 10:00 am with Churchwide Luncheon to  Follow

 

I hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.

 

Grace and peace to you,

 

 

Pastor Michelle