Throughout the year, members and friends of our church give items to the Wayland Food Pantry which serves people in need right here in town. Every week someone from church donates altar flowers so we can have beautiful flowers to honor God during worship service. People put money in the offering plates on Sunday morning to help pay for things like paper and electricity and heat. If a light bulb goes out in the building, someone from church replaces it.
Recently, adult members of our church discussed ways they can give to Peace in the coming year. In addition, they were asked to complete a pledge card indicating how much money they can give to our church so that we can continue to do God’s work together.
There are lots of ways you can give to the church, too. For example, you can bring food items from home for the Wayland food pantry, help during our Family Promise weeks, select Christmas gifts for Florence House residents, sing carols at the assisted living place here in Wayland, help with clean-up days at church.
Also, by being AT church you are giving to the church. When you sing songs during worship, recite the prayers, say hi to someone, you are contributing to the life of your church. Your voice and your presence are special gifts that you share with others whether you realize it or not.
Participating in Sunday school is another way you give to the church. Your friends are happy to see you, and you have some thoughtful things to say in Sunday school that help others learn about God.
Giving your time, talent, and treasure in these ways and others is a thankful response for all that God has given you.
You have an opportunity to complete your own pledge card by drawing or writing what you promise to give to the church during the upcoming year. There are extra pledge cards if you need them. Once you’ve completed your pledge card, you can either mail it to church or place it in the offering plate on Sunday morning.
Following is a prayer you can say while thinking about what you would like to pledge to church this year:
Dear God, Thank you for the many gifts you have given me. Help me to share my gifts with others so that I can be a good and faithful steward. Amen
With love and blessings,
November 15, 2015