During the past twenty years, I have had the privilege of officiating many funerals and celebrations of life. The impact that the deceased person has had on the lives of family and friends is often apparent in the conversations before and after the service. I am convinced that the best legacy we can leave when our time on earth is done is a legacy of knowing how to love and encourage people. This is a gift that will bless future generations more than any material gift.
I was thinking about this type of legacy recently when I had the idea of making our annual stewardship pledges in memory of, or in honor of, a loved one whom we admire. I invite you to think of someone who has inspired you to be a better follower of Jesus and make your pledge to Grace for 2024 in memory of, or in honor of, that person. I pray that this commitment will motivate us all toward more faithful discipleship.
Please remember two important events at Grace this weekend. First, our annual trunk or treat event is Saturday from 4pm-6pm. When you come to join the fun, remember to make the time for conversations with people whom you have never met. Connections with new people is how we grow the community and the church.
Secondly, our annual charge conference is this Sunday at 3pm. We are hosting 5 other United Methodist Churches, so we need you to come and offer hospitality to our guests. It may only last an hour or so, but it is important that we have a welcoming presence, so please plan to attend!
This Sunday, October 29, the scripture passages are 1 Peter 4:10-11 and Matthew 25:31-33. Pastor Beth is preparing a message entitled “Time, Finances, and Talents.” This message will help us get a “big picture” understanding of stewardship. Last week’s message focused on money, and this week’s will help us understand that stewardship includes so much more than finances.
As always, we have great music planned for worship as well. I look forward to seeing you there!