God is preparing a place for us
– shaping us, teaching us, guiding us – a place that is lasting and true, both seen and felt. God is a God who never stays still, but pushes and moves, creating and recreating, forming and re-forming us each day. The physical changes only matter if we do the internal, spiritual work needed as well, allowing Jesus Christ to continue to shape us into the people and community we are called to be each day.
This fall’s Stewardship program,
Preparing a Place
, will be a time when we can reflect upon our common life together and listen for the Holy Spirit’s leadings. Westminster is a congregation of generous people, who have invested much time and energy and work, but commitments of financial gifts are critical to the work of the future; in fact, none of it happens otherwise. We must all step forward to ensure our beautiful campus is taken care of for future generations, our talented staff are well-supported, our children and youth programs are strong, and the support for our community partners remains robust.
Over the next few weeks, you’ll see members of the Stewardship Committee out in worship sharing important information and
with you, including FAQs about giving and stewardship,
a discernment guide to help you reflect upon Jesus’ personal call to you, and
a giving worksheet to help you calculate your 2020 pledge, and more.
As we journey through this season, we will seal our hearts with
31 days of prayer for Westminster
, as we listen for God’s call to us. We aren’t praying for money or larger pledges, but that God might work God’s own purposes out through each of us.
I encourage you to
download the Prayer Calendar
now and let’s begin praying together through this season
We’ll also have paper copies available for you at worship on Sunday.
Finally, mark your calendar for
Commitment Sunday on October 27
, when members of the congregation will come forward during worship to respond to God’s call to live and give generously as we dedicate our pledges to God.
Stewardship is an invitation to participate in the work of the Spirit at Westminster. Pledges help us build and plan as we move forward into God’s future together. We need every person, every family, to make a commitment. Why? Because God is, in God’s own heart, One who gives. We are called, as followers of this same God, to be a people who do the same. How will we respond?
Grateful to be on the journey with you,