Tuesday, April 12, 2016

All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord's; they are holy to the Lord. Leviticus 27:30
First Baptist has long been celebrated genuine worship and strong missions. Over the last ten years we have intentionally and faithfully added stewardship of the earth to our repertoire. Every year we celebrate Earth Day in several ways, thanks to our fabulous Green Team, led by Sue Searles.  Last Sunday we enjoyed our fantastic, annual Church picnic at Still Waters and heard from Chris Searles during MidWeek Moorings about Biointegrity.net, which connects potential donors to global, environmental stewardship.  
On Sunday, April 17th, we will combine stewardship of the earth, God's Kingdom and our church into one worship service of praise, gratefulness and generosity. Every member has received a letter from our Stewardship Committee with a pledge card. This gives you the opportunity to name your support to First Baptist Church for the next year. As you prayerfully consider supporting the missions and ministries of your church, take time to remember the blessings you have received in a tangible way. 
A time when the church saw you through the death of a family member, celebrated with you during your marriage, or rejoiced at the birth of a child. Perhaps it was a moment of close conversation with a fellow Christian or intense Bible study on a Sunday morning, an experience in worship when you felt particularly close to God through word or music? Or maybe when you watched a child or youth leading in worship? As the youth will do this Sunday and the children on May 1st.
Our church and our earth need us now more than ever - our time, monetary gifts, intentionality and passion. So please bring your mind, heart and pledge card on April 17th as we worship the God of all creation!
The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers. Psalm 24:1-2


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