On Sunday, we finished the last of the stewardship messages, entitled, “The Best Thing I Can Do”. It was the wrap-up of our generational look at the differences in approach to giving. If you were unable to attend on Sunday, it is available here.
So far, we have 171 total pledges with $697,290 total pledged. Our goal is to reach $1 million pledged by the end of the month. While the sermon this Sunday will not feature stewardship, we realize that people who have been out of town will be turning in pledges.
As is our custom, we will have a team that will place calls to those from which we have yet to hear. If you want to save them some time, you can email your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may drop it in the offering plate this Sunday.
Sunday will also feature a special presentation during the Sunday school hour. The Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation will be presenting in the Christian Activity Center. They will help us to understand our endowment fund and how we might support the church with it. They will also advise as to how people may give stocks or property for tax advantages. Many people are choosing to tithe their wills to the church as well and they will discuss this possibility as well. It should be a very educational meeting as we seek to become savvier in our financial health as a congregation.
This program will also be repeated at 11:00 am in the CAC for those attending the 9:45 service.
Our business administrator, Aimee Hallenbeck, will also be on hand in the CAC to answer questions or to set up appointments for people who may need more time. She will be signing up people for e-giving which is available to our congregation without any fees to the giver or to the church.
For the sermon on Sunday, I will be preaching on the Gospel lectionary text, Matthew 22:34-46 which features the Greatest Commandment. My sermon title will be, “Don’t Overthink This!” and I will be preaching at 8:30, 9:45, and 11 am in the sanctuary and at 10:50 am in Wesley Hall. If you are unable to attend in the morning, join us for worship in Wesley Hall at 7 pm as Trey preaches his own take on this important text.
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