Love Tallahassee: Give Generously


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Love Tallahassee: Give Generously

When was the last time you had a picnic with 900 of your closest friends? In Mark 6, Jesus and his disciples gathered with over 5,000 people and fed a multitude with just a few loaves of bread. This Sunday, we’re having an indoor picnic to see and experience all the ways that God is multiplying his work through your generosity.

The Welcome Center this Sunday will host a Ministry Budget Fair from 11:00AM–2:00PM. We’re kicking off our stewardship emphasis “Love Tallahassee: Give Generously” and celebrating over 35 budgeted ministries of the church. These groups will be exhibiting on both floors of the welcome center, and a light picnic-style lunch will be available for you and your guests. Join us immediately following 10:00 SMBS classes or the 11:15 service.

Our ministry vision this year is ambitious. We just experienced a powerful Connections Weekend as we learned the gospel in a more meaningful way. I can’t tell you how grateful I am to Josh Hall and his team for putting together this event. It’s just one example of the way our budget is touching lives. Our budget goal is 10% higher than last year at $3,037,203, but our needs are even greater. Here are just a few examples: We will be sending over 57 college students and sponsors to Boston to help plant a church and evangelize this city. We will be sending youth to New Orleans on mission and Youth Camp in Georgia. We’re planning to add two floors to Vacation Bible School to reach more children and families for Christ. We plan to serve over 50,000 meals through A Full Summer in partnership with Second Harvest of the Big Bend. We are borrowing from our line of credit to repair the third floor Duval air conditioner for our young adult classes and budgeting to repay this loan in future budgets.

To do all this, we need your help. Your gifts to the budget meet these needs and so much more. Every gift counts this year in enormous ways. To get us started, I’ll be preaching on the importance of the obedience and blessings of tithing compassionately. Our ministries will be showing and telling the ways God is working through them. Chad Wilson, our new director of financial operations, can assist you with setting up a regular plan of giving through our church office. He’ll be in the Connections Center this Sunday; come by and meet him.

There’s no better way to follow up a weekend on loving Jesus than recommitting to the kind of love that causes us to give sacrificially. I hope you’ll be a part of this special emphasis. Giving is much more fun when we share it with those who have a heart for the gospel. See the impact this Sunday!