Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, November 22, 2020 at 9:30am Worship
Over the last few weeks, we've been talking about stewardship during our Love Is The Way series and giving thanks for God’s love in our lives. I know this has been a difficult year for all of us, and I am so appreciative for the way you have continued to share God’s love through your generous giving. You have kept our ministries and Christ-centered programs running. If you do not know it, please know that you have made a great difference for our church family, local non-profits, missionaries, and our local community!
This Sunday, we will be sharing what it means to Give Thanks for God’s love. As I shared last Sunday, my friends in Nicaragua sing and dance as they bring their gifts forward each week.
I also think of my grandparents and the way they joyfully taught us about Stewardship. As I arrive at the day that brings me to #50 (aka half-century birthday), I remember my grandparent's birthday check always had a note that said, "We hope you have a great day and we also hope that you will use 10% of this gift to help others." Honestly (in my teens), it was not the most exciting part of the card but I still remember (and follow their advice)... I have continued to hold that stewarding moment close to my heart today and give thanks for their love-filled wisdom.
This Sunday will be an exciting day for SDUMC as we celebrate God’s love for us and our neighbors. I pray that as you discern your giving to God's Kingdom for 2021, you'll see this more than a number and view it as a way of sharing a legacy of God's Love and Hope with our community and the world. Hope and love are desperately needed near and far, and through your giving, you can share God's life-changing gifts!
I look forward to a special morning with you on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Livestream or 10:45 a.m. at Outdoor Worship this week. We have special music from a string quartet, an amazing anthem from the choir, and other surprises on this special Sunday on Livestream, Outdoor Worship (also, the Drive-By Celebration). This would be a great week to invite a friend to watch with you on a watch party, together on Zoom, or join you outside.
Grace, Peace and Thanks,
PS As I write on the day that I actually hit the 5-0 mark, please know that I am beyond grateful to serve as one of the clergy to such a generous, Christ-centered, and loving church community. Our Celebration Sunday will look a bit different as you see below. However, if you feel comfortable, join us as we gather for a special Drive-By Celebration Sunday (even if you’ve turned in your card come and say hi from a distance and pick up a special token of our appreciation ((and drop off food for the local food bank). Everything will be contactless.
PPS Also, I just wanted to share a great word of thanks on this 50th Birthday for the amazing video (my parents said to say thanks too as it made them feel like they were here) last Sunday, kind notes, posts, texts, and more… Even though this 2020 birthday was a bit different, the SDUMC Staff Team and all of you made it incredibly special! Thank You!