Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. Matthew 27-40.
Jane: Good Morning. I am Jane Oberrender
Andrea: And I am Andrea Knoll.
Jane: We are this year’s co-chairs of Westminster’s Stewardship Ministry.
Andrea: All around us we can see God’s spirit at work, even in the midst of these trying times. In fact, the call to love our neighbor becomes even more urgent.
We believe the church, in fact, THIS church, has a unique voice and perspective that is needed in these days. And, others feel so too. Despite reports of declining church membership nationwide, WPC’s membership and worship attendance have been growing.
Jane: Tim and the rest of our pastors’ sermons help us find our way forward with confidence that God provides a better way.
Worship at WPC informs our perspective, strengthens our resolve to live in hope and faith, and provides a community in which we can grow and engage together for change.
Andrea: Ministry opportunities abound, to support those experiencing homelessness, advocate for affordable housing, care for our environment, welcome seniors, and work together for justice.
But the church cannot do this work alone. It requires our partnership, through our gifts of time, talent and treasure.
The faithful practice of tithing—making a commitment to give of our “first fruits” to God, not our leftovers, is motivated by God’s love for us and gratitude for the gift of God in our lives. It engages us as a participant in God’s work to bring about the “beloved community”.
Jane: Through our gifts we provide for our pastors and staff, for the care for our facilities so that we might welcome all. We enable our ministries to grow and provide our resources to help others in need.
Andrea: With faith and gratitude, we are asked during this stewardship season to consider how we can each be a part of what God is doing here at Westminster, and through Westminster to our community and the world.
Jane: In the upcoming days and weeks you will see and hear many messages about how we are building the beloved community– on the website, in the mail, in the newsletter, the moment for Stewardship, and from the pulpit.
This stewardship season, we ask that you prayerfully consider your giving to WPC. Our stewardship of this beloved community is an act of faith and an expression of gratefulness.
Andrea: Stewardship Sunday is November 17 and we will be asking you to indicate your financial support for the coming year. Join us in collectively sustaining the work of Westminster with your pledges.
Both: Thank you for your faithfulness and generosity.