Talking About Generosity

In last week's newsletter, I included a link to Thrivent's generosity assessment, part of an online workshop I attended recently on multigenerational generosity.

If that sounds a little confusing, here's a simpler explanation. Different generations emphasize different types of giving (time, talent, treasure) at different stages in their life.

For instance, if you are a college student or a retiree on a fixed income, chances are good that you may not have disposable income to donate to charitable causes (including the church's ministries), but you may have a surplus of time. If you're working full-time, you may not have extra time to volunteer, but you could be challenged to a higher level of financial giving.

Conversations about generosity that only talk about money are limiting the generosity of the human spirit, forgetting that God has gifted us with time and talent that can be offered to others. Especially at Zion, where our ministries are truly intergenerational, we do our best when we emphasize that there are many ways to be generous and make an impact as part of our community.

I am challenging everyone who reads this newsletter to take the free generosity assessment by clicking the button below. It will tell you what area of generosity is your strongest at this particular time in your life. Your answers will be a foundational tool for us to continue having conversations about building an even more generous community of faith.

It shouldn't surprise any of you that my #1 type of generosity these days is emotional-relational support, a.k.a. showing up and listening. Let's talk (and I'll listen) about ways we can be generous together to be a transformative force in our community and the world.

Serving With You,
Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt
Right after worship this Sunday, Kurt (and Gail) are embarking on a well-deserved week of vacation. All Facebook Live and Zoom events will continue as scheduled, and you will receive an e-mail newsletter next week. However, social media posts will be a bit sparse and archived videos of the Facebook Lives (Monday and Wednesday) will not be posted to the website until Kurt returns home. Any questions or concerns while Kurt is gone should be directed to Pastor Potter.
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Two Opportunities to Share with the Community

We want to know what's on your heart these days: who/what are you thankful for, and who are you remembering this year? We have a few projects in the works that depend on your contributions, including our annual All Saints remembrance.

Click on the pictures above to submit your thankful thoughts and beloved names, respectively (via our website).
Click on the SignUp logo to volunteer to read the lessons on Sunday morning or donate the funds for fresh flowers in our church sanctuary.

Thank you for serving with us to make this season extra special.
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Pastor David E. Potter
954-421-3146, option 1 (Church)
954-297-3665 (Cell)
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954-421-3146, option 2 (Church)
954-913-2125 (Cell)