Dear First Church Friends,
The 2019 Stewardship Campaign could be renamed the “2019 Gratitude Campaign!” You may be thinking “so how can we talk about gratitude and end up with a successful stewardship campaign?” Dr. Bruster, Stewardship Co-chairs Amy Atkins and John Cockrell, and I believe that gratitude is exactly what we need to be talking about.
As disciples of Christ, we recognize that God’s love for us — from the creation of our world through the birth and death of his Holy Son, to His continued presence and guidance in our lives daily — is the ultimate example of generosity and reason for thanksgiving. God’s extravagance is beyond our understanding. His only expectation is that we receive these blessings with heartfelt appreciation and joy. We are then given the opportunity to prayerfully and faithfully express our gratitude through our actions. And just like the gift that keeps on giving, when we practice extravagance — when we share God’s gift with others — we experience a transformation.
Gratitude is at the heart of stewardship. As Kristine Miller says so well, “Generosity is a spiritual discipline that begins with gratitude and ends with joy.”
There are many ways to express your heartfelt thanks to God for all the blessings you have received. One opportunity is to complete your Commitment Card. Please join Amy, John, Dr. Bruster and many others in an active show of GRATITUDE by completing and returning your 2019 commitment.
We kick off the 2019 Gratitude Campaign on Sunday, September 23. As we focus on gratitude, we will be energized and filled with joy as we give back to God’s Kingdom! Mark your calendar for October 14 and join us for our 5th Street Celebration of Gratitude. I look forward to thanking you in person.
Together in Christ,
Director of Stewardship