Because of your Generosity

Since May 26th this year, we have led off our time of offering in worship with the statement Because of your generosity. . . A member of the congregation has generously volunteered to share something that was/is directly related to the ministry of First Congregational that has been transforming in some way to them personally or something they witnessed that was transformational to others. This time in worship was started by the Board of Stewardship, to help us appreciate the many ways we benefit from the generosity of each other. It may be related to a gift of time, money or sharing our talents, but it ALL helps to make the church stronger in ministry. 

We have heard from people about programs the church supports, like the Women’s Shelter; we have heard about how the church provides bus passes and helps with eviction and gas/electric shut-off; we have heard about how people have found new friends that have become almost like family to them; we heard from our youth and their chaperone about how grateful they were; we have heard about providing backpacks to children when school restarts, to name a few. The Board of Stewardship has received a great deal of positive feedback about hearing the many experiences people have had with this church. It is only when you hear about the far-stretching hands of this church, that you feel moved to commit, time, money or talents to the church. We all know that personal testimonies make a difference. 

This church does a tremendous amount of work within the walls, outside the walls in Madison and beyond. Unless you are entrenched in the daily work of the church, I’m guessing that you don’t know the extent of the work being done by this church. Why? Because many of us become dedicated to a project and just aren’t aware of other projects, and we certainly don’t know the personal stories. 

Because of your generosity. . . has given us the opportunity to hear about ministry that doesn’t directly affect us. We hear the passion or commitment from someone else’s view. We hear how people’s lives have been/are changed by the church. Many times I have heard statements like, “Wow, I didn’t even know we did that.” Many years ago, during World Communion Sunday, there were tables set up around the Sanctuary, highlighting the missions of First Congregational. Again, I heard, “I had no idea we did so many things.”

This time in worship is important. It allows us to hear, from someone else’s perspective, why the ministry of this church is so important. It encourages us to get involved in ministries that we didn’t know existed, and it reminds us of how important and how valuable each one of us is to the ministry of First Congregational.

I’m sure, as you have heard people share their thoughts, you have had your own thoughts about how the generosity of this church has benefited you or another person/program. I encourage you to share an experience that you have had or seen. Because of your generosity. . . sharing an experience ~ people’s lives will be changed! Email Lance Bentley lazerb53@gmail.com or Eldonna Hazen ehazen@firstcongmadison.org RIGHT NOW, while it’s on your mind, to share your experience!

 

Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do,

but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.

Khalil Gibran

 

 

~ Eldonna Hazen

 

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 9:32 am in Featured Content.

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