We believe giving is a joyful response to all that God has done for us. We give as God has blessed us in every area of our lives. Even if we are busy, we need to make the time to minister to a hurting world and hurting people. If we have a gift, such as listening with our hearts to others, we need to use the gift and listen. If our gift is singing, we need to sing. However we are blessed in terms of material possessions, we need to share, so that the Gospel is proclaimed and people are helped.
Members of the congregation are asked (not required) to fill out Time and Talents sheets each year and to pledge towards our budget. Each year we conduct an Every Member Response campaign that asks all members to evaluate for themselves how they are using the time God has given them; the talent with which they have been blessed; and the material possessions they enjoy to further God’s purposes in the world and to make the world more like the one God desires all of us to enjoy.
This year’s EMR campaign is based off of Isaiah 64:8:
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
How does God desire to shape us as individuals? How do we feel God is attempting to shape us as a community of followers of Jesus?