Stewardship Corner

Counting re-committed campaign gifts through the end of 2009, we will be at 93.5% fulfillment. This is considered a very good fulfillment rate. The Operating Budget, however, needs our attention. If you are in financial distress, remember that we have the Diaconate, Counseling Services, and our Generosity & Stewardship classes to serve you. If you are giving from each paycheck, thank you for your faithfulness.

If you are figuring out how to start giving or increase it, let us encourage you: the writer of Hebrews calls attention to the nature of faith and also to Abel’s offering in Genesis 4. “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Abel was said to have made a “better sacrifice” (v. 4) because, by faith, he believed that God would provide him with more after he made his gift. Abel gave from his first-fruits. Ultimately, this points us to the Cross: God gave us his “first-fruits” when he came as Jesus, his “only begotten son,” incarnating himself into the world to be a sacrifice for us, the best sacrifice of all (Cf. Heb. 12:24). Having been granted eternal life through this sacrifice, we can give completely of ourselves and our possessions out of trust and love.

Gifts as of April 19, 2009:

For the Operating Budget: • $2.824M received YTD • 11% behind the budget • 14% behind 2008 giving

For the Vision Campaign: • $17.577M received in total • 91% of $19.2M pledged. has a current-week snapshot of YTD giving, and also is where you can make an online gift.

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Articles in this Issue

The Big Non-Negotiable
Scott Sauls
The Offense of Being Offensive
Kathy Keller
Scoffers, Scorners, and Snark
Tim Keller
A Reason for Hope
David Kim
Hope for New York Easter Offering