November 18 is Stewardship Sunday!

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about stewardship. You’ve received letters that talked about imagining what this church could do if we stemmed the tide of a decreasing budget and grew it, instead. You’ve heard stewardship moments from people who believe in, and give to, this congregation. You even heard a sermon that spoke to nurturing the seeds that were planted by people who came before us, and to planting new seeds for those who will come after us. Now, it’s time to start turning all of this talk about stewardship into action.

During the offering in worship on Sunday, November 18th, we’ll collect pledge sheets. If you’ve already turned one in, we’ll do our best to make sure it’s already in the offering plate. Mine will be there, too, with a pledge of $300 a month. I hope that you will have a pledge sheet to turn in, too. And while I don’t want you to pledge any more than God is calling you to give, I hope that you have imagined the amazing things that this congregation could do in 2019, and prayed about how you are called to support that work financially. And I hope that your pledge reflects your call and your commitment to this congregation and its future.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about stewardship. Stewardship isn’t just the work of paying bills, as important as that work is. It’s about asking how God wants us to use the gifts that we have been given. I firmly believe that God calls me and my family to use some of those gifts to support First Congregational United Church of Christ. And I hope that God is calling you to do the same. 

Together, we can do amazing things for this church and this community. See you on November 18th!

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Chris

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