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The Power of Generosity

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On Sunday, I said that Easter presents us with an opportunity for a new way of living that should be considered revolutionary.  It includes forgiving others, overcoming fear, being humble, showing compassion, and providing healing to a broken world.  Those who know the risen Christ will do their best to live by these principles.  This new way of living also involves generosity.  We are now moving into our annual stewardship campaign which provides us another way to express our faith.  During the month of April we ask all of our members to prayerfully consider what you can do to support the mission and ministries of Woodmont for another church year (beginning July 1st).  Receiving “estimates of giving” each spring is how we responsibly set our operating budget.On Sunday, I said that Easter presents us with an opportunity for a new way of living that should be considered revolutionary.  It includes forgiving others, overcoming fear, being humble, showing compassion, and providing healing to a broken world.  Those who know the risen Christ will do their best to live by these principles.  This new way of living also involves generosity.  We are now moving into our annual stewardship campaign which provides us another way to express our faith.  During the month of April we ask all of our members to prayerfully consider what you can do to support the mission and ministries of Woodmont for another church year (beginning July 1st).  Receiving “estimates of giving” each spring is how we responsibly set our operating budget.

Everything that our church does depends on the generosity of our members.  Megan and I write our check to Woodmont every month knowing first hand that this church is changing lives on a regular basis.  Three styles of worship, many small groups, ongoing mission and outreach, children’s ministry, youth ministry, young professionals, outreach grants, music ministry, Room in the Inn, Walk Thru Bethlehem, Morgan Scott, Habitat, Guatemala sponsorships, Nashville Food Project, the Woodmont Preschool, facility upkeep, keeping a talented staff – EVERYTHING we do as a church completely depends on the generosity of our congregation.  Each year our goal is simple: to keep moving forward in faith knowing that giving and generosity is an act of faith and a spiritual discipline.  Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

I am recommending a book by Clif Christopher called Rich Church, Poor Church.  It is an insightful stewardship resource as we think about how we can best support Woodmont and its ministries.  We have copies available in Spire Books.  Christopher says, “Rich (generous) churches constantly talk about how the church is there to address the needs of the world.  It exists to feed the hungry and clothe the naked and bring sight to the blind and care for the sick and visit those in prison.  The church sees itself as a prescription for a sick world and each member of the church is called upon to be a healer and helper” (pp. 92-93)  Being a part of Woodmont allows all of us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.  Generosity makes all the difference.  The church is here to change lives and spread the love of Christ to a hurting world.  We remain focused on our mission: “Growing Disciples of Christ by Seeking God, Sharing love, and Serving others.”  Here is a snapshot of how our stewardship dollars are used right now to live the mission of Woodmont:

Thank you for continuing to faithfully support the mission and ministries of Woodmont so that we can continue be the hands a feet of Christ in this world.                                                                     

With sincere gratitude,

-Clay

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