“By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.” (Galatians 5:22-23)
Generosity is a fruit of the Spirit. How often do we ponder generosity and our faith story? This fall, we are giving you an opportunity to explore generosity in connection to your faith story through a program called Extravagant Generosity.
Extravagant Generosity is a theological, creative stewardship program designed to help us create a culture of generosity in the life of our church. Developing a culture of generosity helps disciples to understand that stewardship is a core value of our discipleship. Generosity is centered on God’s gifts and blessings to us and our response to those gifts and blessings. The culture of generosity causes people to ponder, “What is God calling me to give to God’s church/ministry as a response to God’s blessings on me?” Not just monetary, but also with our gifts and talents.
Our program is four weeks long beginning Sunday, October 23rd. Each week, there will be a special emphasis. You will be asked to participate by filling out Heart Cards. There will be a speaker each week who will be sharing their answer to the Heart Card question. The sermons will center on the theme of generosity and emphasis for each week.
Heart Cards will be available in worship, in Sunday School classes, online, and the church office. Our hope is that each person will fill out a Heart Card each week. Completed Heart Cards will be posted around the church and shared on social media and in worship. You may opt out of having your responses shared.
Each family will share in a devotional book titled “Practicing Extravagant Generosity: Daily Readings on the Grace of Giving.” Copies will be available at the church for you to pick up. Our hope is you will participate in this exciting spiritual journey as our congregation moves towards developing a culture of generosity.
During this month, please join in preparing our hearts in prayer, focusing on this game-changing question: “What part of my income is God calling me to give to the ministries of this church as an offering of my gratitude for God’s generosity which has been extended to me?”
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