A Note from Our Stewardship Chair–
Dear First Christian Members,
On behalf of the Stewardship Committee, I want to extend my sincere thanks for your continued financial support of our mission to love, serve and hope. Your financial gifts help to fortify and enhance our internal and external efforts. Internally, your dollars help beautify and protect our facilities. Externally, it provides us with a greater ability to assist those less fortunate, both locally and globally.
October 22nd is Commitment Sunday. Prior to that, we will provide you with much information on the good work that your contributions help us to accomplish, as well as reminders of the importance of reaching our goals.
On a personal note, Sue and I will be doing all we can to increase our pledge for 2018. I pray that you can do the same, and if you were not amongst the “pledgers” in 2017 but would like to join us, we would be thrilled to have you!
Thank you again and plan to be with us on October 22nd to celebrate this wonderful act of giving.
Larry Hulighan Stewardship Team Leader
Shared by Kasey Bogan in worship on October 1. Kasey, her husband Travis, and their two young boys, Harlan and Mosey, have been active in the life of First Christian Church since 2015.
When the stewardship committee asked if I would say a few words to you this morning, I think they were a bit surprised with how quickly I agreed. The thing is, I immediately knew what I wanted to talk about.
All of us here right now know about the special thing that happens here each Sunday morning—the fellowship, and the way we experience worship together. What you might be less familiar with is the special thing that happens here later on when our youth gather in the evenings.
During these Sunday night gatherings,
the children and young adults of FCC experience fellowship with their peers, age-appropriate faith formation, and the experience of knowing the love of God through the way love is shown to them—through teaching, caring, and having a volunteer prepare a meal.
However, it’s not just the youth who benefit. Sunday nights are such a warm, close-knit place to be. When our family has prepared the meal, there’s nothing more gratifying than seeing a crowd of happy (and hungry!) faces appear at the window. Serving in the classroom, I’ve always been amazed at how curious our youth are. They ask great questions and they are so eager to learn.
This special time that the youth spend together is one way we are preparing them to go out into a world where we know that sometimes, bad things will happen. My hope is that they will remember the lessons they learned: how to love, because they are loved, and the steadfastness of God in whom peace and healing are possible.
And of course, none of this could happen without this building, and funds to cover the cost of materials and supplies. As you consider your pledge for next year, please know this is one of the many ways you help to make First Christian Church the special place that it is.