Dear Friends of First Christian Church,
Our stewardship theme this year, Go and Do the Same, is a powerful reminder of our commitment to be genuine followers of gospel. It is a call to discipleship, to be more like the image of Jesus, so that our faith may be recognized by our actions toward others. At one level, we could infer that our “job” as a Christian is to do for others the way that the “good” Samaritan did for the man who fell among robbers. Be kind, compassionate, generous, and concerned for others in need. Give of yourself. Give financially. Make a difference. All laudable characteristics, to be sure.
At another level however, it is a commitment not to just a set of particular actions or behaviors, but a dedication to a way of being. It is about a response to God’s purpose at work in individuals and the community as a whole. This understanding is about being agents of transformation in the unfolding Realm of God around us. It is about extending the blessing of health and wholeness to all of creation, because we are certain that this is ultimately what God desires. The world is broken and hurting and we are called to be a movement for wholeness among its many fractured pieces. We are agents of grace.
Our faithful financial stewardship is one way we work against the powers the harm and divide. Our generosity funds the mission and ministry that we are deploying as a sign that God’s Realm is among us. On September 25, we will begin Go and Do the Same as a preparation for determining our investment in the ministry and mission of First Christian Church. Commitment Sunday will be a part of worship on October 16, and I hope you will be intentional about being with us, not simply to offer your estimate of giving card, but as we gather as one body in a combined worship service at 10:30am and in the Dining Room afterwards for a meal & celebration (see below for event details).
God has done, and continues to do, remarkable things through and with us – things that matter! Your prayers and your participation are keys to helping us get to the next level of discipleship. We know that when the early church gathered, they did so with glad and generous hearts and that there was no need among them (Acts 2). We desire such a spirit of true community to be among us. I look forward to considering with you what it means for us to “go and do the same,” as we seek to be faithful disciples in this place.
Dan Bryant & April Oristano
Commitment Sunday – October 16, 2016
We invite you to celebrate Commitment Sunday with us at a special lunch on October 16th after our combined service at 10:30am. We will be serving soup, sandwiches & pie. The Oregon Tuba Ensemble will provide entertainment, followed by a short presentation. If you would like to help or bring one of the three items, you can sign-up online (click here) or Patty Osborne will have a sign-up sheet available in the back of the sanctuary on the coming Sundays.
Make a Gift
Now you can make a gift to support the 2016 Stewardship Campaign online. Click here to make a one-time donation. If you would like to schedule a recurring donation, click here. Thank you for your generous support of our mission as part of the body of Christ!