Pastor's Update, August 15, 2014

posted Nov 6, 2014, 12:19 PM by David Hawkins
No jokes about the weather this time, just pray for the right mix of rain and heat to bring the crops in on schedule.

Something to chew on: The Stewardship Committee, in conjunction with the Christian Nurture and Education Committee need your input. As you may remember, I have been gently encouraging the session of the church to consider the way we do church (Evangelism, Worship, Ministry, Fellowship, Education/Nurture) through the overall lens of discipleship. The Stewardship and Finance Committee would like to invite the congregation to consider participating in a 9 week Personal Finance Class this Fall as part of that journey of discipleship.

The class would be offered through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, and would feature a video presentation followed by group discussion. One of the members of the Steward and Finance Committee, Dean Thompson, has taken this class before, and has very positive things to say about it. In addition, a classmate and friend of mine who pastors a church down in Ft. Worth recently offered this class at his church, and was equally happy with it. In fact, they are now starting the advanced version of the class starting this fall.

I share with you the unease that some folks feel about the idea of talking about such personal topics as money. I am assured that there is no expectation that personal budgets or spending habits or other personal information will be requested or expected. Neither is the class a prosperity gospel vehicle. It is designed to help folks find ways to draw down their debt and to begin getting their finances in better order. In these times, this is a welcome opportunity.

In order to do this class, we need about 1.5 hours a week of your time. I believe that trying to get people to church or out of their homes at night is not realistic. Too many of us are spending too much time on the roads in order to make a living to want to spend our precious evenings with folks other than our families. Also, I would like to keep Wednesday nights focused on Fellowship, and keep the rest of the week clear.

Which brings us to our $64,000 question: How many of you would be willing to come to church early on Sunday morning at 8:30 or so to participate in this class? We need a threshold of at least 10 folks in order to make this work.

We will be holding other classes as well at the church at the normal time, bible-based discussion type classes for those who do not want to take the financial class.

We really need your help as we consider our options. If you are interested in this class, the church is willing to subsidize half of the tuition for the class ($45!). We believe that this class will help the church think about the delicate issue of financial discipline and stewardship in a practical and scriptural way. Please consider if you would like to be a part of it, and LET ME KNOW AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! We would like to start the Sunday after Rally day in September.

If we do not have enough people to meet at the church at 8:30 AM on Sunday mornings, we will consider offering the class on an evening during the week for those interested.

This week I will be continuing our look at what Paul has to say about salvation to the Church in Rome. I will be preaching on Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32. Other Lectionary texts can be found here.

It’s not too late to drop off school supplies!