Stewardship is about NEW BEGINNINGS
By Allen Moyer, Stewardship Chair
I had the privilege of attending a Sunday afternoon worship service in our own sanctuary on November 15th – I’m speaking of Emanuel Fellowship Church, who began holding afternoon services this past Sunday at First Presbyterian Church.
Walking into the church I felt myself a visitor amongst a small, but vibrant congregation and often I had to remind myself that this was taking place in our own church building.
I was warmly welcomed by all who attended and while my Spanish is woefully lacking, I was able to follow Pastor Valentin’s sermon from Genesis 6 – The story of Noah and his family.
He spoke particularly of New Beginnings – God working in this righteous man and his family to renew his creation – And certainly in this fledgling congregation with which we have recently partnered.
Opening our doors to Emanuel Fellowship Church is a new adventure for First Presbyterian Church, but I can’t help thinking its good stewardship to use our God-given resources in outreach ministry to foster New Beginnings among our Christian brothers and sisters regardless of differences in culture or language.
If we as a congregation believe we see God’s hand in the creation of this new relationship, we need to seriously consider the importance of our individual role in providing the financial resources necessary to continue our ability to serve in this way. Prayerfully ask God to direct your decisions about pledging financial support for our church.
I will not soon forget Pastor Valentin’s excitement in our conversation after the service, about the potential to grow his church in this “new” location – Praise God for this opportunity to be part of a New Beginning at First Presbyterian Church and Emanuel Fellowship Church.