We gathered this past Wednesday night with Rev. A.J. Thomas from the Joyful Giving Group to reflect on our individual gifts and the gifts of Monticello. Thank you to those people who participated. We reflected on what it means to bring “enough” in light of the young boy, who provides Jesus with more than enough food to feed thousands of people. We shared meaningful and insightful conversation and asked important questions. What gifts do we bring in ministry? In what ways are Monticello’s assets and gifts unique? How might our individual and collective gifts intersect with the needs of our community?
Monticello Leadership Council will explore this intersection in the month ahead, as we evaluate the demographics of our community, better understand the awareness and perception that people have about us as church and about our facility, and ask Statesville community leaders about community needs. This purposeful work will help us to understand better who we are and how God is calling us to respond to our mission--to make and nurture disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Stay tuned for updates about what Leadership Council discovers about our community, about Monticello, and about how we might live our faith in the months ahead.
Please consider these ministry opportunities now, as we actively serve:
We need a person on two upcoming Sundays in October to lead the children for 20-30 minutes in Children’s Church—October 22 and 29. No preparation is necessary. Rev. Tim will have materials prepared. It is a fun time to guide children in their faith and to help them feel at home with church. Contact me with questions or to make a commitment to either of these Sundays. (email@example.com)
The church is invited to a Pumpkin Pickin’ on Sunday, October 22 directly after worship at the home of Maureen and James Price. Individuals, families, children, and youth are all welcome! Please sign up so that the Prices know how many people to expect.
Third quarter statements are available. Thank you for your continued commitment to spiritual giving, as we share the love of Christ through Monticello’s ministry. Please pick up your third quarter statement this Sunday. This in-person “delivery” will enable us to distribute the statements without incurring postage cost. Also, we have made available electronic, recurring giving. As you consider your tithe and/or fulfill your commitment for the rest of 2017 and plan for 2018, we encourage you to think about giving through direct debit from a checking or savings account. It is simple, safe, and secure. We will provide you with additional information in the weeks ahead.
We are planning to welcome hundreds of families for Halloween Fest on Tuesday, October 31st. We need willing servants to offer hospitality, to direct traffic for parking, to dress in costumes and give out candy, and to help with directing the crowd. Please notify Leigh Allen of your willingness to serve with this vital outreach ministry. (firstname.lastname@example.org) In the meantime, please consider donating bags of individually wrapped candy. You may drop off bags of candy in the church office.
As we go into this weekend, we watch yet another tragedy unfolding, as wildfires rage across northern California. With a rising death toll and the destruction of thousands of homes and businesses, my heart aches for families and individuals and first responders who are in harm’s way. I invite you to pray this adapted prayer by Diana Macalintal.
Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on families and individuals who have experienced loss and grief and whose lives are at risk and on your servants, who are first to respond and who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. Amen
May the love of Christ be with you so that we might share that love with others.