prayerfully consider your giving for 2018!
November 1, 2017
Dear Members and Friends of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church,
Greetings in the name of our loving Lord Jesus Christ! Christians have many reasons to be grateful. God’s people are gathered together in churches in order to worship and to work, meeting needs of people both inside and outside the church. God has blessed each of us with a gift we could never purchase for ourselves. Gratitude and service are our spiritual responses – the ways we give back to God. Giving is primarily a spiritual matter because as Jesus said, “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Mt. 6:21). So, we need you to prayerfully consider your giving to our church for 2018.
For several years, we have asked you to give based on what we need. This year we believe that God wants us to begin differently – might each of us set aside time with God, specifically to ask God to guide our individual giving? What is your situation? What are your individual agreements with God? Let your conversations with God guide your giving.
People of faith have understood that prayer is primary. Through the ages, believers have been guided in giving by the tithe (10% of income), but it has never been a cap on giving. Some of you are working towards tithing and have found it meaningful. Others of you have long since surpassed the tithe. All giving is important to enable us to fulfill the mission of the church.
The Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Marshall, Texas, strives to express our gratitude to God in the many ways that we serve. Worship services are done with quality; small groups are multiplying; outreach and helping is ongoing; traditional programs are solid; and plans are being made for the future. With God’s grace, we have reversed the trend of decline. We are moving in the right direction. It is exciting to see the lives that are being touched spiritually! It has not been easy, but much of what we have done, with God’s help, has laid the groundwork for what can be in 2018. We want you to be a part of all of these opportunities. You can participate as you say thank-you to God for a caring, serving, dependable church.
As Christians, we have all been blessed by another person’s sharing. It is so important that we each do our own part so that others may also know the Good News. As you pray, ask God to point out to you your own situation. Perhaps you are truly struggling financially. Perhaps you are doing better than last year. Perhaps you are reaping benefits from the rise the in the financial markets. Perhaps you have never really stretched to tithe, and you’re afraid that you cannot. We trust that, as you pray, God will guide you in your giving.
This Sunday, November 5, will be Commitment Sunday. There will be a time in each service for you to bring your commitment card forward. Please pledge what you and God have decided. Be assured that only one person, our Financial Secretary, will know what you plan to give for 2018. If you cannot be here in person, please mail it (P.O. Box 1303, 75671) or drop it by the church office. We need to plan, so we need to know your financial commitment as soon as possible. Remember that no effort is too large or too small.
Our giving reflects our spiritual understanding of Christ’s important work in this world. Please prayerfully consider your response. This is a good church, striving to serve God and the people around us. We have important work to do in God’s kingdom. May God bless each of us as we all serve God together!
The Peace of Christ be with you,
“We honor God by striving to meet the spiritual, physical, and communal needs of as many people as we can.”