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Consecration Sunday

Consecration Sunday Is Coming
Congregations that approach financial stewardship
from a biblical perspective do not view the money
Christians give to their church merely as a way to pay
its bills.
Rather, such congregations see financial contributions

as a way to help people grow spiritually in their rela-
tionship with God by supporting their church’s mission

and ministry with a percentage of their incomes. Our
congregation’s finance committee has selected the
New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a

way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of gen-
erous giving in our stewardship education emphasis

this year.
New Consecration Sunday is based on the biblical
philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her
own spiritual development, rather than on the need of
the church to receive. Instead of treating people like
members of a social club who should pay dues, we will
treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to

give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Conse-
cration Sunday encourages people toward proportion-
ate and systematic giving in response to the question,

“What percentage of my income is God calling me to
give?”
During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, we
are asking our attendees and members to make their

financial commitments to our church’s missionary, be-
nevolent, and educational ministries in this community

and around the world.

Every attendee and member who completes an Esti-
mate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending

morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We urge

people to attend who feel strongly opposed to complet-
ing a card. The procedure is done in such a way that

no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she
chooses not to fill out a card.

We will do no home solicitation to ask people to com-
plete cards. During morning worship our guest leader

will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration,
climaxed by members making their commitments as a
confidential act of worship.

We will encourage participation in Consecration Sun-
day events through the Consecration Sunday team and

governing board members. Since we will make no fol-
low-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, we

will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit
everyone to attend Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in
Consecration Sunday events.

Governing Board Chairperson, Ross Sandine

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