An Encouraging Word: Generosity
Dear Members and Friends of Montgomery Hills,
Live Generously, based on 1 Timothy 6:18-19, is the theme for our stewardship emphasis in 2017. This theme is particularly appropriate as we focus on deepening our understanding of stewardship as a spiritual discipline, and as we consider where God is leading us as a generous community of faith.
During our emphasis, we will take time to talk about our faith, our passions, and our roles as God’s generous stewards. As we increase our understanding of God’s blessings and our church’s mission, we will see more clearly how our participation and support can make a difference in the congregation and beyond.
As we approach Thanksgiving Day once more, there is much to be thankful for. All we have and all we are is the result of God's gracious generosity. God created us. God provides for us, and sustains us. God is by nature, loving, gracious, and generous. God’s greatest gift to us was Jesus who exchanged his riches for poverty, so that we might know eternal riches. God gives us the Holy Spirit who in turn gives us gifts for ministry.
Remembering and reflecting on God’s extraordinary gifts to us, how can we help but express our own generosity as a response to the unconditional love and grace we've experienced? Soon and very soon, we will have the opportunity to be generous as we humbly and lovingly, say "Thank You" to God with the generosity of our Commitment Cards.
November 19 is our Celebration of Generosity Sunday, and each household will be asked to consider heir blessings and voluntarily make a response. This is a symbol of our individual and collective witness to Christ’s presence in our lives and support of our ministry. We look forward to your participation as we explore together our calling to be a generous and servant church.
With a Thankful Heart,
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Rev. Dr. Doris Barron-Shell