I have to admit that this is my favorite time of the year. I love the cooler temperatures, the bright autumn colors of red, orange, yellow, and purple as the leaves begin to change colors, mums and other fall blooming flowers, hayrides, the smell of a campfire to roast hotdogs and marshmallows and to huddle around on a cool evening. <!–split–>
There is also the excitement of the fall sports season with football, soccer, volleyball, and golf. There is Homecoming and class reunions.
It is also a time to celebrate the life of the church and the many blessings we experience every day through our service to God. We have many opportunities to witness and share the gospel of Jesus Christ through the various activities we participate in.
One way to celebrate is through our annual Stewardship campaign. As God blesses us we want to give back to show our love for God and to enable others to come to know the God who loves us all; the God we love and worship, and to receive those same blessings. Ways in which we celebrate are through our giving, both monetarily as well as serving.
We read in scripture concerning tithing. In Leviticus 27:32 we read that every tenth one of the flock and herd shall be holy to the Lord. It belongs to God. If every member of Bethel Wesley UMC gave a tithe of 10% imagine what we can do for the Lord. The dollar amount may differ among the people, but the proportion is the same.
Also consider the ways in which you serve. There may be an area of service that you have thought about but never acted on those thoughts. You may have felt inadequate to serve. Remember that God will use you as he wills, giving you the necessary gifts and tools to do the job.