Letter from Pastor Tim

Dear Friends, Grace and peace unto you this day! I hope you share my excitement about the opportunities we share together in worship and sharing our faith with the community we serve. In faith there are various ways we can be a channel of God’s love, and one of those ways is supporting our obligation of tithing. Meeting this obligation can and will be a challenging stretch for us, this I know, but one that is, I believe through faith, within our reach. Money itself is a lifeless thing, but when put to use by dedicated Christian groups, great things can happen. Great things can happen! In fact, we read in Malachi – “’Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this’, Says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.’ I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Malachi 3:10-12). Great things can happen! However, I am concerned about a trend I have noticed in our giving patterns. We have generously given in the past, but have we truly brought our whole faith into our giving? Our giving should be nothing less than an expression of love; a devotion of thankfulness to God. In return, God declares a covenant that blessings will...