Mission & Stewardship
We are heading into the last months of the year, and Stewardship Sunday is coming up on November 12. You will be seeing materials in your mail, soon. Please consider the messages from the pulpit as you prepare to respond.
Over the past weeks our scripture messages have been coming from the book of Matthew, and often they have focused on what being a Christian means, relative to sharing gifts – not only financial, but gifts of the spirit as well – knowledge, wisdom, and faith are key. Also important are the fruits of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
So far this year our gifts have raised more than $1800 for hurricane relief, $ 546 for SCIO, $895 for One Great Hour of Sharing and $ 595 for Neighbors in Need. We are a generous congregation, and we still find ourselves falling short of our goal for OCWM having raised $10,549 of our $15,000 goal. And, of course, our General Fund falls short of meeting our full operational needs.
As we head into the season of Thanksgiving, please consider the gifts you’ve received. Ask yourself what you would do for the love of God, and prayerfully consider not only how you can respond financially, but also with the gifts of the spirit and the fruits of the spirit. How might those gifts help Salem church in their wider mission in the community and in ministries within the church.