He Who Began a Good Work…  December 28, 2018

61V0ew7NIRL._SX425_I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all, in view of your participation in the gospel from the first day until now.  For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus – Philippians 1:3-6

There is a saying among many in church leadership that 80% of the ministry is done by 20% of the people.  I just want you to know that you, Word of Gracers, blow that stat to smithereens! You are the best volunteers in the world!!!  Thank you to those who tirelessly packed up all of our stuff in the old building as 2017 came to a close. Thank you to all of you who kept the programming going, serving kids and oldsters alike, despite being packed up as closings were delayed and moving dates kept being put off.  Thank you to the audiovisual experts and the mechanically inclined folks who fix what’s broken. Thank you to those of you who spend countless hours calling on the sick and those who are unable to get out of the house. Thank you to those who work behind the scenes to make sure that the kitchen is supplied, the coffee is made, and the supply closets are stocked.  Thank you to the tireless (or very tired) children’s workers who are always on duty, even when the pastors forget to mention that there might be a need for childcare at a particular event. Thank you to the Bible study teachers, Awana leaders, Sunday school teachers, ushers, greeters…. Thank you to the swarms of men and women who helped us canvass this neighborhood and show love by meeting needs of those neighbors.  (By the way, that is still paying dividends!) Thank you to the many who are here all day every day painting and sanding and building….. The list goes on and on, but please know that you are loved and appreciated!!!

AND speaking of the 80/20 rule, those same journals say that 20% of the church members give 80% of the church’s offerings.  Now I don’t EVER look at who gives what. (I – Pastor Scott –  want to believe I would never play favorites, but it’s easier to just stay above reproach in that arena).  I believe we bust the 80/20 paradigm here, too.  So this is my year-end giving plea. We are a few thousand short of making our budgeted average for this first half of the fiscal year.  BUT given how many gung-ho workers we have, wouldn’t it be great if we were able to fund every ministry fully? Would you prayerfully consider making a sizable year-end gift to Word of Grace Fellowship?  If you aren’t going to be able to be at church on Sunday (12/30), be sure to either get it in the mail by 12/31 or you can give online by going to https://wordofgrace.org/cheerful-giving

May Your New Year Be Filled with the Abundance of Christ’s Blessings,

Pastor Scott

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