It is time, as we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of Martin Luther's beginning what became the "Reformation," to decide how much we will contribute to our ministry in the coming year.
As Pastor preached in a recent sermon, Christians are generous. In 2012, ELCA congregations' regular giving by members was over $1,780,000,000.
God wants us to be generous. 2 Corinthians 9:7, "Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." And Galatians 5:22, "The fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, and self control."
How much are you willing to contribute to Bethlehem's ministry and mission in the coming year? The stewardship committee invites you to consider committing to give 2-4% more in 2018 than you did in 2017. Such proportional giving and growth is one way to grow in generosity. And if you have never made a contribution of record to Bethlehem, you are strongly encouraged to make one! Even one simple contribution opens the way to greater generosity.
Please take a moment to fill out the form below with your financial commitment, as well as your commitment to offer your time and abilities to our ministry. Please complete the foms by November 12. You may also return the paper forms sent to your home via the locked mailbox in the narthex. Thank you for your generous contributions to our shared ministry!