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2022 GIVING COMMITMENT

2 Corinthians 9:8 reads, “God is able to bless you abundantly.” Pause for a second and think about this verse, God is able to bless you...abundantly. Where have you noticed an abundance of God’s blessings in your life?  A phone call from your grandfather, a meal on the table to share with your loved ones, a shared giggle with your grandchild, a favorite sweatshirt to wear on a cool crisp fall morning, a full tank of gas, a comfortable couch to binge watch your favorite show. All of these can be counted as blessings. 

What if I challenged you to do a blessing check?  What would be on your list? This might sound a little strange, to list every good thing in your life, but if you put it in the context of God being the sources of everything, it will lead to gratitude and giving thanks.

I sat down and did my own blessing check, but not of my life, but rather a blessing check here at Church of the Saviour. I began to list everything good when I think about our church. Though 2021 continues to be a year like no other, the blessings continue to flow. 

 

Blessings from God that Church of the Saviour received:

           

  • Children playing in the nursery on Sunday mornings.

  • Volunteers to greet people at the doors.

  • A growing technical team that helps us with our weekly Live Stream Worship.

  • Confirming 12 teens after a season of confirmation.

  • Celebration of a member’s 100th birthday!

  • A group of gifted, competent, and hard-working staff. 

  • Students receiving grants to help them live out a created missional project to bless others.

  • Sunday school for all ages opening back up: in-person, online and hybrid.

  • Peace House ministry has support groups meeting regularly offering peace to the church and community.

  • Our growing worship attendance.

  • Weekly small groups in-person, online and hybrid.

  • We had over 40 students and adults serve our community this summer in mission.

  • The over 60 people we had join in a courageous conversation about racism at one of our online events.

  • Choirs, bands, and bell groups of all ages continue to rehearse and serve all our weekly worship services. 

  • Montgomery Nursery School has 130 students enrolled for the 2021-2022 school year.

 

This list could have been pages and pages. So many simple blessings found throughout the life of this church.  I know you have had various blessings from the church. Maybe it was a song the band played that just lifted your spirit, maybe it was a card you received from the church on your birthday. A blessing from the church might have been a casserole that showed up at your door after having a surgery, or the texts you received from people praying for you. 

 

God can bless you abundantly. We are experiencing great abundance in 2021 and we hope to see this continue into the new year. 

 

This is all possible because of the devotion and passion of our congregation. Your 2021 pledges have reached far beyond our walls, truly bringing new hope and life transformation to the church, community, and world. Through your tithes and offerings, we demonstrate in a tangible way our love for God and our neighbors. Each year, we ask our members to commit to their tithes and offerings for the coming year in support of our church's ministry and mission.

 

We do this for three reasons:

  • All we have is a gift from God, so we believe that giving to God's work is an act of worship.

  • At Church of the Saviour, giving is an expectation of membership. The church does not specify how much an individual should give, but we hope each person will commit a percentage of their income and increase that amount as they are able.

  • Annual giving makes possible: missional connections, worship, programs for children and students, Bible studies, small groups, pastoral care and support, mission trips, community service, as well as building and operational needs, and much, much more (see blessings list).

 

As we prepare for a new year, we come to our congregation asking you to prayerfully consider how you might contribute in 2022. Our Annual Commitment Sunday will be on October 24, 2021. On this Sunday, we will ask you to make your pledge during a Worship service, either online or in-person. If you are in-person on October 24, you will have the opportunity to come forward and place your pledge card on the altar. If you are worshiping online, there will be place for you to log in and fill out a card on our website. Then together, online and in-person, we will prayerfully commit our offerings to God giving thanks for the abundance God has poured in our lives making our pledges possible.  

 

Enclosed in this envelope is a pledge card. There are several ways you can return this card to us. You can mail it into the church office, 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery, OH 45242. You can fill it out and bring it with you on October 24. You can scan the QR Code below, or you can log onto the website (cos-umc.org/commitment) and fill out your pledge online. If you have any questions about your financial commitment or finances of the church, you can reach out to one of the following.

 

Thank you for your support and faithfulness to Church of the Saviour.

 

Giving Thanks,

 

Pastor Jennifer Lucas

Senior Pastor