"Give and it will be given to you - a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back!" (Jesus, Luke 6:38, NRSV)
Dear brothers and sisters of LCPC, We're entering the very important season of Stewardship and Thanksgiving! Jesus tells us plainly in Luke 6:38 that how we choose to use the resources God entrusts to us will have a direct impact upon our quality of life. This is why during this season we are invited to prayerfully reflect on ALL the gifts God has given so we can discern how we should "spend" these gifts as we move into the future.
Related to the monetary resources God entrusts to us, the Bible calls us to "tithe" (Deuteronomy 26:1-14; Matthew 23:23). This means we're called to give God our our first one-tenth (our first and best!) of ALL monetary resources God entrusts to us. This means we're asked to take an honest look at our salary, investment and retirement income and commit to giving our "full tithe," not our leftovers, if we hope to experience God's riches.
Each of us has also been given special abilities (spiritual gifts and natural abilities) that God has created us to use for the expansion of God's Kingdom. Recently your Session elders met and decided that the following ministry areas are most critical at this time for LCPC:
Adult Discipleship Ministries (Creation Care & Biblical Reconciliation included)
Worship & Music Ministries
Missions (Acts of service in Jesus' name near and far)
Local Outreach (Relational bridge-building with those outside LCPC)
Related to how God has uniquely made us, we are each invited to prayerfully consider which of these ministry teams we are called to serve on. For us and LCPC to prosper in 2023, we each need to serve on at least one ministry team! On the other hand, some of you may be called to let go of a ministry team or two to make room for all to serve according to our gifts.
I look forward to sharing this very important and hopeful season with you!
Pastor Mike Harbert