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“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed … nothing will be impossible for you.”
WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Please consider these three spiritual points as the foundation of our campaign and ways to be a vital participant.
1. DILIGENT PRAYER
Pray daily for Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Preschool, for its ministry, for its people and children, and for this initiative. Join the Tuesday Prayer Team at 9 a.m. each week. And count on the promise of Christ regarding prayer. “Whatever you ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.” (Matt. 21:22).
2. LIVING IN FAITH & FAITHFULNESS
The promise of God, repeated many times throughout scripture, is that if we are faithful to the Lord God, then the Lord will be faithful to us and bless us (Deut. 10:12-21). In God’s hands we place our faith, our lives, and our church. God is the hope that will indeed fortify our future. In faithfulness, we draw near to God and follow his commands.
3. GIVING JOYFULLY
Helping one another through the giving of alms is the hallmark of what it means to be a Christian. Says St. Paul: “The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Cor. 9:6-7)
Joyfully Giving Appreciated Assets – One way to make joyful response is to give existing assets to Holy Cross and allow the church sell them. This benefits the giver by negating capital gains taxes. It may also increase after-tax proceeds to benefit the church. Speak to your investment consultant for help on how to do this.
Joyfully Giving “Stuff” – Items of all kinds have come into our possession over the years, some of which have greater or lesser meaning for us as the years pass. Such items might be of more value than we know and could make a good gift to God’s work at Holy Cross. Review those items that you may have tucked away and consider donating these or other collectibles like stamps, coins, baseball cards, artwork or jewelry.
Joyfully Giving through Personal Denial – Jesus tells us, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24) Self-denial giving, or sacrificial giving, has long been a feature of Lent, where Christians are invited to give something up in order to make an offering for the sake of others. Consider the potential for giving after one less restaurant dinner per week, skipping a Starbucks or two, or renting a movie instead of going to the theatre once a month. These savings, offered to God in joyful giving, may add up to more than you think.