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May Special Offerings: Campground Support

May Special Offerings: Campground Support

For many years it has been the practice of many congregations in the GPNW Mission Center to have special offerings to support local Reunions in an effort to lower prices for those gatherings. Those offerings have been appreciated. Because camps and reunions have been cancelled again for 2021, those special offerings this year will be directed to support local campgrounds instead of the camps themselves. The month of May has been set aside for these types of offerings.

Any individual who wishes to make a special offering in the month of May should send a check to their local CFO with the words “May Campground Offering” on the memo line. You may also make e-tithing donations to campgrounds by selecting “Greater Pacific Northwest USA Mission Center” and then selecting the campground of your choice by following this link: https://app.securegive.com/cofchrist.

Finally you may send donations directly to campground treasurers. To do so, contact them below to get their mailing address:

Samish Island Campground & Retreat Center

Dave Skoor

samishcgdave@gmail.com

Lewis River Campground

Dan Jackson

Danjacks35@gmail.com

Camp Remote

Bev Burk

Bevburk49@gmail.com

If you would like a very simple view of campground financial health in the mission center please click here. Detailed questions should be directed to Campground Treasurers. 

Any CFO who needs help processing donations like these please send Donald Welch a message: dwelch@cofchrist.org or 712-310-0718.

Engage in the Generosity Cycle

Engage in the Generosity Cycle

The Generosity Cycle
Originally published in Community of Christ Announcements Sept 28, 2020

We would like to invite your congregation or mission center to participate in the Generosity Cycle
October 11, 2020 -November 15, 2020
The Church celebrates various seasons, such as Advent and Lent, where our gaze is focused in a certain direction and we spend time in meaningful reflection and preparation.
For six weeks, the Generosity Cycle provides an annual opportunity to intentionally move together through a season of generosity. The four phases of the Generosity Cycle: Invite, Discover, Respond and Reflect encourage us to remember God’s extravagant grace and generosity, to discover a deeper joy in living Christ’s mission, and to respond through whole-life stewardship as we reflect on our lives as generous disciples.
HOW CAN YOUR CONGREGATION OR MISSION CENTER PARTICIPATE?
Disciples’ Generous Response moments focused on the four phases of the Generosity Cycle starting October 11th can be found here.
Additional resources including a video and study guides are available here.
If you have questions or need more information about how your congregation or mission center can participate, please contact MissionFunding@CofChrist.org, 1-800-884-7526
Gratitude in 2020

Gratitude in 2020

I saw a great meme on my social media that said, “the worst purchase I made in 2019 was a 2020 day-planner.”  What as weird time we live in.  I thrive in organization.  But with no way to plan for things just months in the future I find I’m filled from time to time with a sense of generalized anxiety.  Do any of you feel the same way?  I have to fight my fears just a little bit harder in 2020 than I did in 2019.  And because of my heightened fear reflex I have to be even more intentional with how I express generosity.  My fear tells me to keep everything I can because we don’t know how tomorrow may challenge us anew.

But then I engage my spirit and I realize that every day before this day has been the same since the Earth began rotating.  We never really know what will happen in the days set before us.  At any moment, like the book of Job teaches us so well, our world could be turned upside-down.  So I’ve chosen for this entry to focus on a scripture one doesn’t normally focus upon when considering generosity: 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

Be Thankful!  Be Grateful for what you have!  We hear those two things so often that they seem like white noise to me.  Besides, they don’t sound like sound fiscal planning to a guy like me in a job like I have.  When I hear “Give thanks” I always want to follow it with “and try to plan so that you have reason to be thankful in the future”.  Or when I hear “Be grateful” I want to add “and make sure every dollar has a purpose.”  Personally, I have moments of thankfulness and gratitude each and ever day, and they always touch me in ways I cannot adequately express in words.  But what I am lacking is the phrase that is only mentioned in the Bible in this one place by the Apostle Paul, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding”.  My moments of gratitude to not make me feel safe . . . at least not when they are moments I only experience in my head.

So I suppose what I am trying to get at is this.  I need in my life, and I’d like to challenge you in yours too, to experience gratitude while in touch with the Spirit also.  That seems to be the kind of gratitude that inspires generosity.  It’s a deeper, more peaceful, more satisfying sense of gratitude than just making a list of the reasons you have to be happy.  And the generosity inspired by this depth is a response to the fact that God gives you air and the permission to breathe it in and out each day you live as long as you live.

In this time and place I pray God may bring me, may bring you, that peace which surpasses all understanding.  Because if it could be understood it would just be in your head.

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