October Pastor’s News

Warm greetings in the Mighty Name of Jesus!

Our Awesome God is the God of extravagant generosity!  He gave us life!  He gave us this world to enjoy!  He even gave us His only Son so that we might have a relationship with Him.  The most famous Biblical verse– John 3:16, shows us the connection between loving and giving.  Extravagant generosity is part of the character of God. Out of His extravagant generosity God made us in His image, whose essential nature is giving.

Throughout generations, God inspired, challenged and convicted the hearts and minds of many faithful followers of Christ to be generous to the Lord’s mission and ministry here at Davis Street.  These men, women and saints of the church sacrificially gave their tithes, offerings and services as an act of worship to God.  And some of them gave beyond their tithes and offerings by establishing permanent endowments and scholarships that transformed many lives in the community and beyond.  Praise the Lord!

On October 8th, we will launch a 6-week New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Campaign.  The New Consecration Sunday focuses on the question, “What is God calling me to do?” rather than “What does the church need in order to pay its bills?”  This stewardship campaign raises the question: “What percentage of your income is God calling you to give?”

Rather than requesting financial contribution to “pay the bills” or “support the budget,” the New Consecration Sunday asks people to grow spiritually by giving a percentage of their income to the Lord’s mission and ministry in 2018 through Davis Street.  This stewardship campaign is about our spiritual-growth experience and not a fundraising effort.  It’s about discovering the meaning of Biblical stewardship on the basis of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual benefit rather than on the basis of the need of the church to receive to balance its budget.

New Consecration Sunday models the idea that giving and offering are acts of our worship to God.  This campaign refuels church members’ nurturing regarding the spiritual connection between God and money.  This is about challenging us to go back to the Biblical model of giving and generosity to help us escape the trap of selfishness and self-gratification by keeping ourselves spiritually focused on God.

Therefore, I urge y’all not to miss any Sunday during the stewardship campaign.  I also urge y’all to attend the New Consecration Sunday and Celebration Luncheon on November 12th.  We are excited to welcome             Dr. Reggie Ponder of the United Methodist Foundation, who will be our Guest Leader and Preacher.

This stewardship season and in all seasons, may we practice and increase the culture of generosity in our lives and in the life of our church.  And may we discover what it means to move beyond the tithe, live on less and give more to make a difference in our community and our world!

Pastor Edgar

OCTOBER WEEKLY SCRIPTURE READINGS
Oct. 1
Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4,12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Oct. 8
Exodus 20:1-4,7-9,12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46

Oct. 15
Exodus 32:1-14
Psalm 106:1-6,19-23
Philippians 4:1-9
Matthew 22:1-14

Oct. 22
Exodus 33:12-23
Psalm 99
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10
Matthew 20:1-16
Oct. 29
Deuteronomy 34:1-12
Psalm 90:1-6, 13-17
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46