Albright Church

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Begin, Belong, Become

Phone: 204-334-5873    Email: info@albrightchurch.com

415 Maxwell King Drive, East St. Paul, MB - View Map

How Will You Give?

We Surrender, God Builds

Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign


Oct. 6,  2019 | vol. 3



HOW WILL YOU GIVE?


The church of today is not great at giving.  This is a statistical fact:

- Tithers make up only 10-25 % of a normal congregation.

- Only 5 % of people tithe, with 80% only giving 2 % of their income.

- Christians are only giving 2.5 % per capita, while during the Great

Depression they gave at a 3.3 % rate.

Why don’t we give?  The real problem when it comes to our giving is not about money.  The truth is: giving is a heart issue, not a money issue. 


When Paul spoke about the legendary giving of the Macedonian church, he urged the Corinthian church to prove their love like the Macedonians proved theirs: “But since you excel in everything - in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you - see that you also excel in this gracious act of giving. I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches” (2 Cor. 8:7-8).


Then he took it a step further and talked about the highest standard in love and giving: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich” (2 Cor. 8:9).


The early church understood this; their life together is described in Acts 2:44: “And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other.”  If anyone in the congregation had a need, everyone worked together to meet it, and some were led by the Spirit to sell their possessions and give the money to those in need (Acts 4:34-35).  This is true practical fellowship.  It means admitting that keeping more than we could possibly need is not doing right (2 Kings 7:8-9), and that we should be generous with all God gave us for “if someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion - how can God’s love be in that

person?” (1 John 3:17).  Everything we have is a “good and perfect gift” (James 1:17) from our Heavenly Father, “who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” (Eph. 1:3).  We give generously because God gave generously to us.


When we don’t give, we’re keeping the community of believers from experiencing the full blessings of God, and we’re being poor stewards of all God has given us.  Most of all, we’re robbing ourselves of the joy of generous living among Christian brothers and sisters.  And there’s another reason we need to learn to be generous with one another: it will build our faith towards being generous with the world.


As we learn to be generous, here are some characteristics to develop:

1. Remember it all belongs to God.  Our harvest comes from God, who even gave us the seeds to grow the crop: “In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you” (2 Cor. 9:10b).


2. Give with a cheerful heart.  God doesn’t want your possessions; He wants your heart (Matt. 6:21).  What motivates your giving?  Paul wrote, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7).


Giving that changes the world is that which is over and above what is required.  And the Bible promises, “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Prov. 11:25).  So learn to live generously.  You’ll be richer for it in the end.


(Taken from “...If the Church Tithed “ by Mike Holmes and “Better Together” by Rick Warren.)



Church Banquet


The “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet will be catered here at Albright on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm.  All individuals, Grade 6 and over, are invited.  Commit today to attending this important event in the life of our church!  Tickets are now available at the welcome centre for $10 each.



Ways To Give

  

Someone once said to his pastor, “Give, give, give! That’s all I ever hear from you!”  The pastor smiled and said, “Thank you for the best three-word description of the Christian life!”


Scripture does not simply command us to give, but to give sacrificially and generously whatever kind of wealth, time and talents we have.  “We Surrender, God Builds” challenges everyone to participate in surrendered giving to the work God has for us.


With this in mind, here are a few ideas for how to creatively approach giving to this campaign:

1. First Fruits - give from your salary on the first pay day of the month.

2. Real Estate & Land - sell and give, just as Barnabas did in Acts.

3. Antiques & Collections - sell your cars, jewellery, stamp collections, etc.

4. Garage Sales - give the proceeds.

5. Christmas & Birthday Gifts - reduce gift giving and give the remainder.

6. Give Up Possessions - postpone buying new furniture, cars, etc., and postpone vacations or   

    make them cheaper, shorter, etc. and give that which you were going to spend.

7. Income Tax - give your refund amount.


There are many ways to give.  As to what to give, we urge you to submit yourself before the Lord in prayer, seeking and surrendering to His will.

 

 

Commitment Cards

  

Commitment Cards have now been deposited in each church mailboxIf you do not have a church mailbox, please pick up your card from the welcome centre.


Contributions You Could Make Over a 3 Year Period:


Weekly:

$10

$25

$50

$100

$200

$350

$500

Monthly:

$43

$108

$217

$433

$867

$1,517

$2,167

Annually:

$530

$1,300

$2,600

$5,200

$10,400

$18,200

$26,000

Total:

$1,560

$3,900

$7,800

$15,600

$31,200

$54,600

$78,000



PRAY ABOUT IT


Our God is generous.  He gave us far beyond what we could have ever imagined or asked for in giving us His Son.  He gave us the ultimate gift and it cost Him dearly.  And yet, far too often, we hold back.  We keep a tight grip on the resources and time He’s given us when we are called to live generously.  And true generosity does not come from our excess; it comes from sacrificial hearts.


Generosity is not something that comes after we accumulate wealth.  It is something that we live out wherever we are in life today.  We are to give freely, remembering that all we have comes from God, and the blessings He has in store for us far exceed what we give back to Him.


We urge you to join us in praying for our “We Surrender, God Builds”campaign.  Please pray faithfully:

1. That we, as Albright Church, will be a generous body of believers.

2. For the spiritual growth of each person at Albright.

3. For a deeper commitment and involvement from each person.

4. That you will live generously, surrendering every part of your life.

5. For a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign.


“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share...

so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

1 Timothy 6:18-19

 

* Design plans and past newsletters are available for viewing in the hallway outside the prayer room*

 

Albright Stewardship Team:

Len Bobrowski, Sarah Millar, Angela Moore, Jeremy Nickerson, Rob Runtz, Anna Sipinski, Vivian Wesee

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