Pastor’s Blog – Dec. 1st
|Dear Family of Christ Member,|
This past week we were thankful for the blessings that have been bestowed upon us all during 2020. Thanksgiving is the theme of the month of November which allows us time to reflect on the past year and celebrate with those we cherish the most – family and friends! The year has been the most unique in our lifetimes relating to COVID-19, economic hardships, healthiness, sickness, and fear; however, many have found a newfound focus on faith, hope, and peace in the midst of all the challenges. Whether COVID-19 has directly impacted you or indirectly affected you, we all have much to be thankful for in 2020.
In Luke 21: 1-4, “As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Jesus reminds us all that our Redeemer lives, and this give us all hope which our faith reinforces.
We have so much to give to our Lord through our financial gifts to the church, our talents we share with others and the less fortunate, and our time which we freely give to serve our community and ministries. He also reminds us to give to “Caesar” that which is his and to give to GOD that which is HIS. Please prayerfully consider how the Lord has blessed you this year and how best to return the blessings in gifts to the Lord through His Church, ministries, and other needful priorities. We can only thrive based on the generous giving of our members to this wonderful place and sanctuary.
Today is a unique day called “Giving Tuesday.” It is new somewhat and is a balance to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Let’s consider what we can do on Giving Tuesday in our hearts and minds that refocuses our giving towards our Lord and Savior. “Here is the Church, here is the steeple, open the doors, and here are the people!” We all have a role in our Church in our giving financially, sharing our talents, and giving of our time when called upon.
Let us all reflect on what we can share with Christ moving forward as we grow this Church and its ministries. We are a growing family united by Jesus to passionately love and serve! May God continue to bless Family of Christ Lutheran Church and its members, our Pastor, our Deacons, Church Council leaders, our phenomenal K-8th grade school (Teachers/ Principal) and Child Development Center all centered on this beautiful campus.
In Christ’s Service,