Reflections from the Pastor

                                        December 2018



“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the widows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” Malachi 3:10


How many apples are enough?

These past four weeks have been a meaningful time in the life of our congregation. Our stewardship series based on Adam Hamilton’s book “Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity”, has helped us explore how we can manage our financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy. You have been invited to respond to all that we have learned by setting personal goals and making commitments. These commitments will allow Centreville United Methodist Church to continue its mission to share God’s life-changing love with our community and beyond.

While talking about money can be difficult, especially in church, it is an important part of our faith life. From the very beginning of the Old Testament, giving a portion of God’s abundant blessings back to God has been key to one’s relationship with God. Sixteen of Jesus’ thirty-eight parables were about how to handle money and possessions. The Bible contains hundreds of verses devoted to this topic, as we have learned, our Christian responsibility is to handle money and possessions in a different way than the world.

I hope that you were both blessed and challenged by our series. From feeling the effects of affluenza, credit-itis, and restless heart syndrome, to considering the gifts of contentment and dis-contentment, and even making steps toward simplifying your life, I pray God has been stirring in your heart. With Christ all things are possible, and I pray the Holy Spirit moves you into a deeper relationship with God and a healthier relationship with money and possessions, so that your life may be defined by generosity and joy.

If you have already made your estimate of giving, thank you. If you have not yet had an opportunity to do so, it’s not too late. Simply bring your Commitment Card to church, or put it in the mail. If you need another card, extras are available in fellowship hall or from Michele Cripe.

The finance team is grateful for your financial support of our church. Your giving in the coming year will make a difference in the lives of children, youth, and adults in our church, as well as in the lives of people everywhere we are in mission and ministry in the world. God has blessed us to be a blessing and what a joy it is to have this opportunity to honor God and help our brothers and sisters in Christ.


In Christ,

Pastor Emily