From Pastor William D. Leitch

Our congregation will be committing ourselves to our 2019 financial giving toward support of our mission and ministry.  We have set Sunday, November 18, as “Consecration Sunday”.  We want you to prayerfully and intentionally prepare for your personal financial commitment.

Paul is quick to point out that generous giving is an act of divine grace (2 Corinthians 8:1).  It is only as God blesses and enables that we are able to give in the first place.

Paul sets forth guidelines and models of Christian stewardship in 2 Corinthians 8 & 9.

Motivating Christians and congregations not only to give but also to be fiscally responsible in their giving is a difficult enterprise even in the best of circumstances.  The needs are seemingly endless, and there are so many competing voices that the average Christian is stymied.  Various and sundry organizations put forth their pleas for money constantly, sometimes relentlessly.

The Jerusalem Collection – Paul faced many of these same challenges in his own day.  Although he did not request personal support, he spent close to ten years soliciting funds for what is commonly referred to as the Jerusalem Collection.  This was a collection he took up among the Gentile churches to help Judean believers who were facing harder than usual economic times as a result of a famine during the mid to late 40s.  Paul and Barnabas made an initial famine-relief visit to Jerusalem in A.D. 46 and delivered a monetary gift from the church at Antioch (Acts 11:29-30).  At that time, the Jerusalem church expressed the hope that the believers associated with Paul would continue to remember the Judean believers, which Paul was more than eager to do (Galatians 2:10).

Finally, and perhaps more importantly, we are in this together.  We are the “Body of Christ”.  God has blessed every one of us.  Certainly we have been blessed in different ways financially, but every offering is precious.  When there is unity of the Body, God’s divine grace becomes even more evident, and we will give praise to God for every good gift.

In Christ,
Pr. Bill

 

Lutheran Disaster Response…Give now for Hurricane Florence relief.  Checks or money orders can be sent to:  Lutheran Disaster Response, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA  22116-8099; write “Hurricane Response” on the memo line.  You can also give by phone at 800-638-3522.

 

Church Information…Please remember that you can obtain church information from the monthly Lamplighter Newsletter, the Constant Contact emails you receive, on the church website (www.lllc.org), on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Living-Lord-Lutheran-Church-493806727349110/), and postings on the church bulletin board.  Church Council Meeting minutes are posted on the bulletin board and sent out via Constant Contact.  We would like to see a better “open rate” when we send information to you via Constant Contact so that we know you are being informed of the activities that are occurring at the church.  If you have any other suggestions on how best to reach out to our parishioners, please see a Council member.