Susan Herold • June 05, 2021
Believing the Best
As we begin a new fiscal year, I believe the best about where it will take our church. Just as January brings new hope to each new year and we make resolutions for the year ahead, the new fiscal year is the same for the leadership who devise the annual budget. This version of these 4 verses sums up what I am hopeful to see in the new fiscal year :
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 1Cor 13:6-7 (Amplified Bible Classic)
These verses about love are not just for weddings they are for everyday life with ALL the people you encounter. Jesus asks us to love God and love others. (Matt 22:37-39) I picked the Amplified version above because it asks us to believe the best of every person in verse 7. What does it mean to believe the best? Believing the best has the essence of grace at the heart of it. The only way to extend grace to all the individuals that you meet is by allowing the Holy Spirit to work through you and in you to change your heart.
How do you anticipate this “new year” will be at Meadows Christian Fellowship? I would appreciate hearing from you to know how you will be instrumental in God’s plan for this fiscal year 2021-2022. The graphic above shows we are off to a good start in the first month of our fiscal year. Thank you for your faithfulness with your time, tithes and talents. We ask for your prayers daily as you ask God where he will use your gifts and talents as well as prayers of protection for His church. Pray for wisdom and discernment for our leadership and for people to know us by our Love.
Susan Herold • May 08, 2021
At the business meeting last week I shared the numbers through March. Here is the updated version with April included. You faithfully gave this year! Even though many of you we have not seen all fiscal year long, and yet you faithfully gave.
Part of the reading plan at the end of April was Hebrews 11 containing the familiar verse "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen." Then the author goes on with many statements that start with "By faith..." followed by numerous examples where we see people in the Bible stepping out in faith. That is true of all of you this year with so much uncertainty, unrest and difficulty this year you gave 'by faith'.
Thank you for providing what was needed this fiscal year. Now as we enter into a new fiscal year we humbly ask that you continue listening to God and give by faith. Following the above passage we find in Hebrews 12 "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God." Let's enter into Fiscal year 2021-22 with faith in Jesus who brings us endurance as we reflect on all He did for us.
Susan Herold • March 06, 2021
”We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
This quote from Winston Churchill makes me think of Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
If anyone asked me how Meadows Christian Fellowship is doing in that regard I would say Meadows knows how to live this out in their day to day life. This is a generous fellowship. Generous with your time, talents and finances.
It is beautiful to see our children giving from their allowances and baby-sitting money. They recognize or have been trained up to recognize that what they have is not theirs but a gift from God to be shared. I pray they see the blessings that are promised in this verse. Sometimes your 'talents' are multiplied in monetary ways but more often it is a surprise blessing that you couldn't imagine. God is good and loves to bless his children. He knows our hearts and provides what we need.
Susan Herold • February 06, 2021
Welcome to the monthly financial blog. I will provide a monthly update for you to clearly see the income received and compare it to the expenses for the month. On first glance we look like we are falling short of the goal as we have not met the budget at 100%. Then when you compare the income to expenses it looks like we are in great shape. A surplus above our expenses! That is true. We are working hard to make sure that the heat in the building is low, auxiliary appliances are unplugged and many resources are not being used. Of course spending is low due to many ministries not meeting in their traditional manner.
The budget was formulated to provide for an additional staff member to provide care and teaching for our children and youth. The elders and staff continue to pray about clarity regarding hiring a pastor in this important role. More will be presented at the end of this month.
Thank you for your faithful giving during this uncertain time. It has been a privilege and an inspiration to see your giving pour into the mailbox when we are not meeting whether with a stamp or electronically.
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