Claud Seal, our Lancaster UMC Stewardship Chairperson challenged us last Sunday to think what the next 130 years might bring for our congregation.
Will the Lancaster United Methodist Church have as much to celebrate as we did a few weeks ago? Will there even BE a Lancaster United Methodist Church?
He pointed out that it’s really up to us! God has put our future into our hands.
A crucial time…
We are emerging from a difficult economic time in our nation to face an even more troubling time.
Our children, youth and young adults face a world filled with hand-held distractions to a major trend of turning away from God.
Young families are anxiously looking for help and insights to prevent the family problems and divorce that plagued their parents.
“Empty-nesters” are challenged by their children/young adults leaving home for college and career as well the increased care for their aging parents.
Seniors are worried about their future income and wonder if medical science is truly as helpful as it once was.
The church offers something the world cannot…
God reaches out to us with a love that the world can only dream of. Christ brings the proof and reality of that love into all our lives.
The challenge we have before us is finding ways to encourage and empower each other to live as disciples, as followers of Jesus.
Your giving and gifts allow God’s future to become realized…
When you prayfully give of your treasure, your time, your talents, your gifts and your witness, you are giving evidence that God has moved in your life.
You are giving evidence that you willing to share it with others. You are giving evidence that God’s love leads you to sacrifice for others.
In a world filled with “bad news,” we stand strong in the “good news” of our Lord and Savior…
That "good news" is simply that no matter what your background, you are loved, forgiven and given a new hope, a new future.
The "good news" is one filled with the power of God and the encouragement for the Holy Spirit. It is one that is no longer afraid of death.
In our current stewardship drive: “Growing Generations of Generosity,” we are working to offer that good news to each other, to our children and to all those around us. This campaign proclaims the fact that it takes work to build the next generation of faithful Christians but that we are ready for the job.
We know we are surrounded by lonely people looking for an authentic, real love. We know we are questioned by our youth and young adults about the meaning of life. We can look into the eyes of the children around us and with God's help, promise that the world will be better than it is now. That God does not leave us orphans.
We do this because we know that God’s love conquers all.
As you pray about your giving to our congregation, please keep this hope in your hearts: That Christ has shown death does not have the last word. We do not despair, nor do we stop loving.
No matter how our feelings might lead us to think otherwise, irregardless of what the nightly news says, we are committed to being citizens of God’s Kingdom where ever we are.
We affirm and act daily on the fact that God’s presence in our lives changes everything.
We work to strengthen the values of faith, love, hope, gracefulness, humility, strength and courage in our families and in the families of those around us.
We pledge that our activities as a congregation will reach out to all in need and offer them not just physical comfort, but spiritual depth and strength as well. We are committed to "making disciples of Jesus Christ that transform the world."
All this happens when we lovingly give to our budget, when we get involved in God’s movement, and when we encourage each other to get involved.
What would happen with $30,000 more in giving?
We’ve talked in worship about increasing our Music budget by $10,000, our Children and youth budget by $10,000, and also about $10,000 more for outreach. (This would mean at least a $30,000 increase in our budget. or $2,500/month)
If we all were able to take a few steps up the giving stairstep, or a few more percentage points toward tithing, this goal would be easily reached. (See www.lancasterunited for giving guides.)
With a stronger budget, we can restore our staff positions, rebuild our “rainy day fund,” and underwrite our “growth” funds that will assure the generations to come that we will still be doing God’s work in the Antelope Valley and beyond.
Come and see what we can do together in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. Come and see the power God has blessed this congregation with....
What scripture has stayed with you this week?
What have others learned about Jesus Christ through of you?
How goes it with your soul?
Grace and Peace,
Consecration Worship & Brunch This Sunday!
Worship &Holy Communion:
May 3 @ 9 & 10:45 am
BRUNCH AFTER EACH SERVICE…
Join us in prayer, love and lunch!