Generosity is a term we rarely use. Some may think it is reserved for only the wealthy. Generosity is really not about our bank accounts, it is about our hearts. Jesus’ response to the widow’s offering shows this. Generosity reflects God’s nature. What is God asking you to do? Begin with prayer, and then recall the truths regarding the grace of giving that we have heard in church over the past three weeks. Think about what stirred your heart and thoughts. There is a question raised by the psalmist in Psalm 116:12 (NIV) that may serve you well during your personal time of consideration: “How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me?” We can only find the answer in our hearts. Nothing we have is too big or grand to offer our awesome God. No gift is too small if it represents our prayers, a sacrifice, and a generous portion of our resources.
By completing and returning an Estimate of Giving Card, you are expressing your intent and affirming your desire to honor God with your resources. Returning your Estimate of Giving Card makes it possible for our church to plan and implement ministries without hesitation. Knowing your plans allows wise management of resources throughout the year. All ministries our church implements are dependent on the generosity of God’s people. For 2019, we have two estimate of giving (or commitment or pledge) cards. One card is for you to ponder and set some goals around your time and talents – how are you going to worship God, intentionally develop your faith, and reach out to your neighbors in love? The other card is for you to prayerfully evaluate your financial giving, and to make a financial commitment to the work of this church for 2019.
Thank you for your generous support of God’s work here at Sierra Pines UMC.