It all belongs to God. In his book, Ask, Thank, Tell, Charles R. Lane says, “We live by the gracious hand of God, not from our own accomplishments. God doesn’t give gifts, at least not in the way we use the word gift. When we use the word gift, we imply that one person has given something to someone else, who then owns that item and are free to do with it as they please. This is not the way it is with God and us. God continues to own everything. When we give a gift to someone, we understand that a transfer of ownership has occurred. We give up our claim to the gift and what the owner does with it is now in his/her control.
This isn’t the way it is with God and us. No such transfer of ownership occurs. God has created all that is and God continues to own all that is. Everything we have still belongs to God. We are given the privilege and responsibility to care for that which belongs to our heavenly Father.”
The arrival of COVID-19 has meant that people cannot attend church—with services cancelled altogether. We have seen the creation of some innovative ministries that have adapted to the crisis. Zoom Bible studies, meetings, and coffee hours, Facebook live worship, take-out meals, all require resources to continue. For SsJA to keep supportIng people during this crisis, it will require us all to continue to give whatever we can.
How can we pass the offering plate when people aren’t there to pass the plate?
Here are the ways SsJA can receive our donations and pledges:
In the words of the Rev. Heather Blais, “Our doors may be closed, but we will keep being the Church in virtual and adaptive ways for as long as it takes--for worship, for mission, for everything.”
Di Kurkulonis, Stewardship Chair