Dear New McKendree Family,
This weekend, October 24th and 25th, we’re launching into a three-week worship series entitled “Kingdom-Sized Generosity.” We all know that this is the time of year when most Christian churches launch their annual financial stewardship campaigns, but my prayer is that you’ll join me in approaching the matter a bit differently and with a different mindset. Financial stewardship, while important, more often than not focuses on just money; money flowing from your bank account to the church’s bank account. But my hope is that we’ll think bigger than that. Rather than limiting our approach to just the financial aspect of stewardship, I’m challenging us to prayerfully come at it from the Christian generosity perspective. And, instead of limiting our generosity mindset to just our New McKendree church family, my prayer is that we’ll come at it from a “generous service to God’s Kingdom” perspective that flows from our hearts and reflects the kingdom-sized generosity of God’s heart.
In response to the blessings of God’s kingdom-sized generosity, please prayerfully consider how you might participate in the kingdom-building ministries of our church family in the coming year. I believe that if our generosity—financial or otherwise—flows from the gifts of God’s generous blessings, then the resources needed for our church’s kingdom-building ministries will take care of themselves. I know that to be the case because, in spite of the many unanticipated challenges brought about by the COVID pandemic, your consistent, faithful generosity has provided the resources needed to adapt and grow our kingdom-sized mission even in our constantly changing mission field. All things considered, 2020 has been a fruitful year. I believe that God’s going to lead us into even greater kingdom-sized opportunities in 2021!
In the interest of being good stewards of God’s resources, we as a church must have a process by which to receive and manage our resources, especially your generous financial resources. That process begins with your 2021 Estimate of Giving Card.
Returning your Estimate of Giving Card makes it possible to plan and implement ministries and allows for wise management of our church’s General Ministries Fund; the fund that provides for 75% of our vital ministry. Through your ongoing support of our General Ministries Fund we’re able to experience and share in God’s love through our vibrant worship services at both High Street and South Campus, offer children’s ministry programs such as Children’s Summer Day Camp, nurture our community’s youth via our YFi youth ministry and Xtreme Camp, continue our many fruit-bearing adult Christian education and outreach ministries, and maintain the nuts and bolts of our day-to-day operations. By prayerfully estimating your support via the Estimate of Giving Card, we’re able to proactively adapt, improve, and grow of our current ministries and obediently respond when God calls us to new ministry opportunities.
While you’re welcome to return your Estimate of Giving Card ahead of time, either via the offering plate during worship or by mailing it to the church office, on November 7th and 8th you’ll have the opportunity to offer your card as a prayerful act of worship during one of our three worship services. Either way, by completing and returning your Estimate of Giving Card, you’re expressing your intent and affirming your desire to honor God with your resources.
My hope is that in the days leading up to November 7th and 8th you’ll prayerfully consider what generosity means to you personally by 1) taking stock of and giving thanks for the many ways God generously blesses your life each and every day, and 2) by asking God to show you how your blessings may be generously offered as a kingdom-sized blessing to others. And then, if led to do so, generously and joyfully offer your response as an act of worship.
Your brother in Christ,
Dear Members and Friends of New McKendree,
Over the past several years, New McKendree has lead and hosted our Jackson community’s “Feed My Starving Children Food Pack” event. Due to the COVID pandemic, we were forced to cancel our April 2020 event. Through our partnerships with 18 other churches and/or organizations, last year’s event was on track to be our largest event yet. New McKendree had raised over $27,000 for this event. This money is being held in either our local account or it has already been sent to Feed My Starving Children and is being held there until we can have our next Mobile Pack Event. We don’t know what 2021 will hold, but we’re hoping to host the Mobile Pack once again.
But, regardless of the COVID interruption, one thing is for sure; children are still starving all over the world. Because of the pandemic, many organizations are struggling to meet their mission and, as a result, even more children are suffering. While we may not be able to pack the food ourselves, we can still help. After much prayerful consideration, New McKendree’s Thanksgiving offering will be going to Feed My Starving Children. The money raised this year will go directly to them so that they can continue purchasing and distributing food to children in the parts of the world where it’s needed most.
While you are sitting on the couch after a huge Thanksgiving meal, please consider making a donation so that we can help those children all over the world who are starving. At New McKendree our mission statement is “to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” A child’s world cannot be transformed if they go hungry. Thank you for blessing them and thank you for generously serving God’s Kingdom.