We were incredibly moved by Laurie Williams’ testimony this past Sunday when she said: “I am one person with one person’s time and one person’s energy. When I give to First Church, it gets multiplied and shared with more people than I thought possible.” Separately, we are all individuals. We are each one person, but together, we are one body of faith, one heart and soul. With each gift we give, we multiply Christ’s work in our world, through our worship, music, spiritual care, social justice work, and Christian formation programming for children, teens and adults that values every person for who they are. With God, we are creating and expanding the kin-dom within us and around us.
Every gift, no matter how big or small, is sacred. Our finances. Our time. Our talents. The work of justice and peace requires all of us and all of the gifts we are able to offer. We cannot do this work alone. When we give to First Church, we are not simply giving our money away. We are sharing our offering in community, all for one common use -- one larger family in faith. Sometimes this means we give more and sometimes this means we receive more. Both require great vulnerability and courage.
This week, we invite you to: