Don Anderson, Moderator
By the time you read this Pilgrim United Church of Christ will be only one month from beginning the budget process for 2020. It is indeed a challenge in trying our best to forecast future revenues (Your tithing and contributions on Sunday) against the money necessary to pay staff, keep the lights on, take care of essential repairs and support our mission outreach programs. Returning to the Lord a portion of what he entrusts us with is called “Stewardship.”
I could quote you chapter and verse from the Bible indicating that it is expected that you tithe 10% of your income. I’m not going to do that. You are an intelligent congregation. You know what your Bible says. You know when it speaks to you.
Inspiration comes from interesting places. I just finished watching a movie about a person of faith, “Hacksaw Ridge.” Through one man’s faith in God and in himself, he saved 75 of his fellow soldiers. He was determined. He did not give up. He knew he had to keep going or his fellow beings would die. He won the Medal of Honor.
Through our faith in the LORD and in Pilgrim, through our volunteerism, through our tithing, through our giving, we make a difference in our communities. In addition to helping out our Church, we support efforts to make a difference through our local mission effort and through the United Church of Christ. So…we are not done! We will not give up! We have to keep going!
So, continue your commitment to your faith! And your Church! Thank you from one church member to another.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11