Lakewood’s Stewardship Emphasis 2019
2 Corinthians 8:3-5 (NIV)
“For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability.
Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing
in this service to the Lord’s people...”
Dear Lakewood UMC family,
During October and early November, we are reflecting upon what it means to share out of what God has given to us for the sake of the Lord’s ongoing work in the world. All of us have received from God’s hands and all things belong to God. Therefore, it is good that we remember that any abundance we have has come finally from the Lord, and we are called to put to generous use a portion for God’s purposes and greater glory.
Our sharing with Lakewood United Methodist Church helps to support a multitude of ministries and mission causes. What we return to God’s use permits lives to be touched, needs and hurts to be addressed, and the work of Christ’s Kingdom to go forward in ways that none of us can do on our own.
You will be receiving a SHARE Card in the mail that will allow you to dedicate a measure of sharing to the Lord during 2019. I hope you will fill it out soon and return it to the church, either by mail or by bringing it to worship on any Sunday in October. We also have the SHARE card available online, if this would be more convenient for you.
Our hope is that at least five hundred of our Lakewood family households will commit to sharing during the weeks ahead. I know that I can count on you to be a part of Christ’s great work through our church in the upcoming year.
Reverend Joe Fort