Dear Willow Grove Baptist Church Family,
As we approach a new year, we pause to look back while planning to move ahead in faithfulness and obedience. In one sense, we are relieved that 2020 is almost over. However, many of us have lost so much this year including family, friends, jobs, homes, graduations, birthdays, time with loved ones. It can be difficult to find God’s purpose and His promises in the midst of all of this. Romans 8:28 reminds us: “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” As the days blur together, the stress carries over, and the isolation traps us in our minds, we may struggle to see the hope that is available each day.
In the Bible, the Church is often referred to as the bride of Christ and she has been actively serving and helping those in need: gave out 3,500 bags of food and fed hundreds through our pantry and our partnerships with local organizations; provided clothing to families locally and globally; updated our facilities to provide safe meeting spaces for a variety of groups; helped a dozen or more families with bills; hosted outreach events like Trivia Night, Bingo Night, Trunk or Treat, and Ladies Craft Night allowing us to connect with over 500 people in our community; sent 100 boxes through Operation Christmas Child; delivered 7 Care Packages to first responders and essential services; provided our families with gifts/activities on Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Advent; updated our Kid’s and Youth Ministry programs; and updated our Church Service to be online and live to stay connected with those who are unable to come to church. However, we did all these things without being able to make budget. Going into December, we are at 70% of our budget. Imagine how much more we could do if we did not need to cut costs at every corner and every inch?
This is why we need your feedback for Stewardship Sunday on December 6, 2020. Stewardship Sunday is our annual survey where we connect with those who are members or financial partners to provide an estimate of what they hope to give in 2021. While we appreciate the amazing generosity of those who give to our Deacon’s Fund or Food Pantry, we still need our Church Family to be giving to our General Fund that allows us to pay for building repairs, utilities, employees, missions, and ministry programs. Your giving information is important, even if it is 0 dollars because it gives us a better understanding to create a realistic plan for the programs and activities available next year. Additionally, it helps us to understand the financial health and faithfulness of our Church Family. The Old Testament called for 10% of our income but the New Testament commands us to support those who preach the gospel (Matt. 10:10; Luke 10:7; 1 Cor. 9:6–14; 1 Tim. 5:17–18) and while we should enjoy the good things God gives us, we are also called to be generous to those in need (1 Tim. 6:17–19; 2 Cor. 8–9). Since God is to be our treasure, believers are to give generously and freely. For many of us, this will mean giving more than 10%. For some of us, it means beginning with 1 dollar.
We ask that you complete your ‘Estimate of Giving’ by Sunday, December 6.
Serving Christ with You,
Willow Grove Baptist Church