Dear Friends of LOPC,

Where would you go to determine your level of wealth? I suppose most of us would run to the bank, check the stock market or look up real estate values. That’s where our wealth is, right? In a rather shocking bit of writing the Apostle Paul described a group of believers in Greece who, despite not having much on their balance sheets, were wealthy.

What made them wealthy? Generosity. Come to think of it, we all know this to be true, don’t we? The true wealth we possess is not what we keep in storage, but the lives of family, friends and strangers who are blessed by the gifts we give.

Christians are the kind of people whose lives are built on the principle of stewardship. All we have, and all we are, is a gift of love from our creator God for which we are responsible caretakers. What we keep supports us in life, but what we give is the portion that God calls forth from us for the healing of the world. As Marcus Aurelius observed so long ago, “The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.”

We are a community of faith that believes in the call, whatever our individual circumstances, to “overflow in a wealth of generosity.” Your giving keeps this church moving forward in service to many, and an annual pledge that honors God from your substance allows us to plan and direct our ministry to the greatest and most efficient good.

Please take some time to review the materials in this brochure, pray over what level of giving God is leading you and your family to offer, reflect on all the blessings you have received, and plan to return your Estimate of Giving card in worship on November 4.

Peter Whitelock

Factors to Consider When Giving

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What if I’m not ready to pledge right now?

Will I receive pledge envelopes?