mid - week update
Mid-Week Update October 14, 2020
Welcome to the Mid-Week Update. The idea of making financial decisions based on faith involves risk. Many of us feel uncomfortable with risk. But the risk associated with faith is exactly what God expects of His people. It’s characteristic of Christian belief. Actually every step of obedience to God involves risk. It must, or it wouldn’t be genuine faith. We are risking our selfish control. We ought not to fear this. We’re in better hands with God’s direction than we are with our own way.
God's word and our Christian experiences show us that we must do what God says before we know the outcome. This is absolutely different from gambling. A gambler risks money with an understanding that odds could spell victory or loss. But the thrill of possible victory urges the gambler on. Isn’t it ironic that we willingly throw time and money at a gamble to enjoy a momentary thrill without certain victory? We do this because we convince ourselves that we should control our lives. We also seem to have an insatiable appetite for immediate gratification. At our moment of decision we choose a thrill. On the other hand we hesitate to surrender our time, talents, gifts, service, and mission, even though God promises great blessings to those who do just that. It must be a strong desire that moves us toward instant gratification! That’s why we ought to think and pray much about how to serve Christ through our offerings, including all aspects of our life: time, talents, gifts, service, and mission.
Sacrificial giving to God’s Church produces lasting benefits, guaranteed by God’s promises. As our faith grows by giving, we are amazed with a bubbling river of love that produces friendship among God’s people. This Sunday we’ll look at a theme of "Friendship" during the Stewardship Moment. Later, on October 25th each of us will have an opportunity to pledge toward the 2021 Tawas UMC budget.
"The point is this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do as he has made up his mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver". 2 Cor 9: 6,7.
Let’s spend these last weeks of October genuinely seeking God’s direction in our 2021 commitments.
This week’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:15-20
Call to Worship 2020.10.18
WL: Give thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our LORD Jesus
P: For God gives wisdom
WL: For God makes known His will to us.
P: For God fills us with the Holy Spirit
ALL: We will give our thanks and praise to God forever. AMEN
This is the week of the Bazaar. Just a reminder to bring your "goodies" to the church either on Thurs. or Friday between 10-2. Then remember to come and visit the Bazaar by the Bay on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9-2. Thanks so much for your help and we look forward to seeing you there!
Pastor’s Book Study Tonight at 7 pm
Men’s Morning Prayer Group 8:30 Saturdays
Bazaar by the Bay & Craft Sale, Saturday, October 17th. 9am – 2 pm
Ladies Book Study, Monday October 19th 11 am
Prayer Ministry, Monday, October 19th 1-2:30 pm
Please Pray For
Rev Ken Tousley
Elite & Nancy Shellenbarger
Last week a few couples got left off the list
10/10 Scott & Melissa Trafelet
10/12 Joe & Linda Koehn
10/15 Lee & Lynnette Biebly
10/19 Todd Falker
10/21 Nicholas Schirmer
Tawas United Methodist Church
20 E. M-55
Tawas City, MI 48763