We Surrender, God Builds
Newsletter of the Albright Church Capital Stewardship Campaign
Oct. 13, 2019 | vol. 4
WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?
Giving back to God is the heart of worship. It may surprise you to learn that Jesus taught more about money and possessions than he did about heaven or hell. The word ‘give’ is used over 1,500 times in the Bible, more than the words faith, hope, love or pray. Why? Obviously, God doesn’t need our money. He’s not poor. But God does want us to become more like him, and that will only happen if we learn to be generous. God is a giver - the most generous giver in the universe. Everything you have is a gift from God (1 Chr. 29:14)!
In many churches, the giving of offerings is the low point of the service. It’s ignored, tolerated, or openly resented by many. But the Bible teaches that God wants our giving to be a deeply meaningful expression of worship in three dimensions - past, present and future.
First, my giving expresses my gratitude to God for the past. ‘Thanks’ and ‘giving’ go together. When we give back to God, we express our appreciation to him for all the ways he has blessed us. We’re saying, “God, we’re grateful for all you’ve done in our lives, and we love you.” God wants your giving to be motivated by gratitude. The Bible says, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Cor. 9:7). A few verses later it says, “...your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Cor. 9:11).
Second, my giving expresses my priorities in the present. “[Tithing] will teach each of you always to fear the Lord your God” (Deut. 14:23c). The way people spend their time and money reveals what they really value what is really important to them. It’s one thing to claim we love God, but the Bible says our giving tests the sincerity of our love (2 Cor. 8:8). When we give the first part of our income to God, on the first day of the week, it is evidence that God holds first place in our hearts.
Third, my giving expresses my faith in God for the future. God sees my giving as a test of my faith. In Malachi 3:10 he says, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse (temple)...and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” It has always amazed me that many people are willing to trust God for their eternal salvation but won’t trust him enough to give.
In 1 Corinthians 16:2b, Paul says, “On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with your income...” Paul gives us three characteristics of worshipful giving. First, it is to be regular. Giving is an act of worship, to be given when you worship. Second, it is to be planned. God doesn’t want your giving to be thoughtless, hasty, or impulsive. He wants you to think about what you are giving. Third, it is to be proportional. Tithing is giving back some of what God has helped you earn. God doesn’t look at the amount you give. He looks at how much you have, and the attitude with which you give it.
Worship is about our total devotion and trust given to God, who has first given everything to us. It is about pouring ourselves out; ridding ourselves of what the world offers and giving back to God what is rightfully his. So our giving can be seen as an extension of what is in our hearts. What does your giving say about the direction and condition of your heart?
(Mostly taken from “Better Together” by Rick Warren.)
Entering into a Stewardship Campaign can raise a lot of questions. We have tried to anticipate what some of those questions might be and have provided some answers. If you have a question that we have not covered, please contact the church office or one of the Stewardship Team members.
Q: How much money are trying to raise in this campaign?
Our goal is to raise $750,000 in three years. This amount of capital is required before we can begin expanding our building.
Q: How do I commit financially to this campaign?
Start with prayer, asking God to show you what and how He would have you give. Then, fill out the Commitment Card, that was recently placed in your church mailbox, indicating how much you are willing to commit over the next three years. The commitment entered on this card should be over and above any tithe or offering now being given. If you do not have a Commitment Card, you can pick one up from the Welcome Centre.
Q: Will I be asked to commit publicly?
No. Only God and the Financial Secretary will know what you committed.
Q: When may I submit my commitment?
We ask that you bring your card with you to the “We Surrender, God Builds” Banquet on Friday, October 25 at 6:30 pm. We urge you to submityourself before the Lord in prayer, seeking and surrendering to His will, before making your sacrificial commitment and submitting it at the banquet.
Q: How do I get a ticket to the banquet?
You may purchase your ticket to the banquet at the Welcome Centre. All individuals, Grade 6 and over, are invited. Tickets are $10 each.
Q: When are commitment offerings expected to begin?
You may begin giving towards your commitment as early as Sunday, October 27. Make sure you mark each of your offerings towards your commitment as being designated to the ‘Expansion Fund’.
Q: May I give towards my commitment once a year or every month?
Yes. However, weekly or regular giving instills a continuing sense of stewardship, and most of us could find it easier to keep up this way. Albright’s giving options include weekly Sunday offering, Bi-weekly or Monthly AutoGiving, and online donations at anytime.
Q: May I make my commitment as part of a larger family commitment?
Yes. Each commitment card has a section where families may indicate this.
Q: May I revise my commitment?
Yes. You may revise your commitment at any time should circumstances provide opportunity or make it necessary.
Q: If I should fall behind, will the church make an effort to collect?
No. The purpose of the Commitment Cards is to have an indication of how much can be expected so we, as a church, can plan accordingly.
Q: In addition to giving, how might I be a part of this campaign?
“We Surrender, God Builds” is more than a campaign for a building. This campaign is a call for each person at Albright to evaluate their commitment as a whole to our church. We desire each person to not only express financial commitment to our church and our vision, but to express greater spiritual commitment - in prayer, in service, in doing life together, and in reaching out. Therefore, we ask that you faithfully read each campaign newsletter, spend time in prayer and reflection, and then act.
PRAY ABOUT IT
In Matthew 6, Jesus challenges us with a choice: accumulate stuff here, or use it in such a way that we are investing in the coming Kingdom. When we are generous with our resources, talents and time, we are actually sending them ahead into eternity. And as we invest in God’s Kingdom, our hearts will also be pulled in that direction.
All of us are being asked to surrender, sacrifice, and give generously, knowing it will represent a substantial investment in the building of our own spiritual growth, of Albright, and of God’s Kingdom. We are being asked to give, believing that it is an act of worship, that to serve is more important than being served, that giving is the believer’s way of life, and that we need to give for the good of our own spiritual vitality.
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 continually invest in God’s Kingdom.
2. For the spiritual growth of each person at Albright.
3. For a deeper commitment and involvement from each person.
4. That you will use your resources, talents and time with God’s Kingdom, eternity, and worship in mind.
5. For a successful Capital Stewardship Campaign.
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
* 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