Tuesday, October 2, 2018

"As members of this congregation will you faithfully participate in its ministries by your prayers, your presence, your gifts, your service, and your witness?"

This question is asked when new members join the church.

One of the ways we participate in the ministries of Trinity United Methodist Church is by sharing our gifts. "Gifts" are the diverse talents, interests, and abilities God gives us to offer in service to God's mission through the congregation. Gifts such as singing in the choir, playing a musical instrument, helping Nichea by teaching children in Sunday School, helping Connor with the youth ministry, helping Betsy in the church office during the week, helping Matt by serving with community outreach, helping to maintain the building with carpentry, roofing, etc. skills. You could help in worship by serving as an usher, liturgist, greeter, and with hospitality. Other gifts may be sharing artistic talent by creating paraments, banners, and artwork that contributes to our worship and teaching. And there are other talents and gifts God gives that contribute to the congregation's life and mission.

Three Sundays in October (14, 21, & 28) will explore the importance of giving financially to support our discipleship and mission. The theme of this year's stewardship campaign is from one of John Wesley's most famous sermons, "The Use of Money." You can read the entire sermon online at http://bit.ly/2OQ7Vhu. In this sermon Mr. Wesley talks about "three rules" for the use of money:

1. Gain all you can.
2. Save all you can.
3. Give all you can.

"The Use of Money" is a very straightforward and practical sermon. It encourages a healthy relationship with God and with the wealth God equips us to acquire. Wesley understood that people and institutions need money to provide for basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, education, and security. After those basic needs are met, the excess belongs to God.

Trinity United Methodist Church is blessed with many assets: an amazing paid staff, a beautiful building, wonderful members who serve in a multitude of ways in the church and community, and fantastic musicians and choir. This congregation is an agent for God's love and justice in the world.

The congregation depends upon the generosity of the members to provide the funding we need for the mission God gives us: To make disciples of Jesus Christ equipped to participate in God's mission for the world. We need each member to prayerfully consider the financial support you can contribute in 2019.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in worship in October.

Grace & Peace,

Pastor Steve Manskar