Thanks to everyone who submitted commitment cards for 2014 last Sunday! There was a great initial response: 63 pledges totaling $203,810. If you did not have an opportunity to submit your card, it is not too late! Commitment cards can continue to be turned into the church office at any time. We need everyone’s response so that the congrgation can responsibly make decisions about the 2014 budget at the congregational meeting on December 8th
(designed and led by Pastor Jeffrey Ingold)
To help you become better aware of the biblical concept Percentage Giving (also called tithing, sacrificial giving, first fruits giving) and to strive to apply it to your own life, you are invited to attend this 45 minute workshop. This is a non-binding, informational workshop to enable you to consider more specifically how you can empower the ministry of Abiding Presence to become more financially healthy. Here is what you can expect: We will talk about what Percentage Giving is and where the concept comes from; why it is important in the life of a faithful child of God; how it is crucial to the church; and introduction to the ways you can practice it for your own life? Sign up today for one of the opportunities to experience this workshop available on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
November is the month we focus our attention on Balanced Ministry at Abiding Presence. Based upon the principle of the 3-Legged Stool, if all three legs are sturdy and equal, a person can be confident to use it to help reach for something otherwise out-of-reach.
That principle is true of ministry, too. In order for a ministry to be balanced it takes an equal distribution of Worship, Service & Learning, and Financial Support. With 3 legs of ministry sturdy and equal, people can be confident that Abiding Presence is a place to reach for things we otherwise may struggle to reach: growing closer to God, in relationship to one another, and in service to the world around us.
Please join me in making our emphasis this month one that inspires our whole congregation toward a deeper commitment to worship regularly; get involved in some area of service and learning as each of us commits to spend at least 1 hour monthly aside from worship to enhance the work of the church and grow in faith; and deepen your commitment toward a more financially viable church by increasing your financial support to APLC.
- Perfect Attendance Sunday, November 3 - Let’s show our commitment toward worshipping God. (additional worship event provided at 5:30 p.m.)
- Sign Up Sunday, November 10 - Get involved in some other area of ministry apart from worship
- Try a Tithe Sunday, November 17 - Give a 10% tithe (for those who do not tithe, simply calculate your annual income, divide it by 52 weeks, then multiply it by 10%)
Pastor Jeffrey Ingold
The Spiritual Gifts course “DISCOVERING GOD’S VISION FOR YOUR LIFE: YOU AND YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS”, originally set for January 19 and 26 has been rescheduled as a KOINONIA Wednesday evening study during Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 13, from 6pm to 7pm. If you are seeking fulfillment and satisfaction in your life, this course offers an excellent way to become involved in meaningful ministry within the APLC congregation, while gaining a better understanding of God’s will for your life. To take advantage of this opportunity to experience personal and spiritual growth, please sign up in the narthex or call the church office (919-557-0060). For additional information, contact Jim Nelson (919-900-7751).
For members enrolled in Simply Giving, now is the time to make updates to align with your recent pledge (i.e. Amount change). Please download a copy of the Simply Giving form and return to the Church office as soon as possible. Former allocations that were split between Operating fund and Mortgage fund will automatically be posted to Operating going forward. If your giving amount did not change you do not need to resubmit a form. As existing users of Simply Giving, you do not need to re-attach a voided check unless you are changing bank accounts to draft from.
Sunday, December 16th, is Faith Commitment Sunday at Abiding Presence. During worship, each of us will have the opportunity to express our support of the ministry of APLC by presenting our completed “Faith Commitment” form at the altar.
If you don’t have a Faith Commitment form, please ask an usher for one during service or contact the church office.
Why are we hesitant to make a commitment of time, talent, or possessions? Perhaps because if we fall short, we will let people down. Maybe we are uncertain about our employment. Regardless of the reason for our hesitation, the bottom line is God knows our hearts. God made the ultimate commitment to us in His son, Jesus Christ. Have you ever thought about what level of priority you place on your commitment to Him? Is the time given to His service your best or the leftovers? Is your check to church your first or last check written? Challenge yourself right now to commit the first and best as thanks for God’s generosity. Consider moving beyond a comfortable time and financial commitment. The benefits of sharing yourself with others is an incredibly rewarding experience!! Be a part of the mission of Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.