This Sunday we will explore the fifth practice of fruitful congregations, the one that supports and makes possible the other four – Extravagant Generosity. Robert Schnase says that “FRUITFUL CONGREGATIONS PRACTICE EXTRAVAGANT GENEROSITY. They teach, preach, and practice proportional giving with a goal toward tithing. They encourage people to grow in giving as an essential practice of Christian discipleship, and as a faith community they practice generosity by their extraordinary support for missions, outreach ministries, and organizations that change people’s lives. They thrive with the joy of abundance rather than starve with the fear of scarcity.” (p.133) May we all experience the joy of giving generously as we have been blessed.
Soon you will receive a letter from your stewardship committee that includes an invitation to our stewardship luncheon on Sunday, November 17, a brochure describing the Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations that we are working on together, and a pledge card for 2020. Then “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:7-8)
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