We read in Luke 16:8b, “For the people of this world are shrewder in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light (Christians).” In this teaching Jesus sets his disciples apart from the dishonest manager. The dishonest manager was a person of this world, seeking a way to make his life more comfortable.
As Christians we should act in a shrewd (wise – not dishonest) manner. Jesus clearly taught that as Christians we should “use worldly wealth.” Jesus also used the word wealth (manna) later in verse 13 when he affirmed that one cannot serve both God and money.
In verse 9 Jesus was saying that we should use wealth – not store it up or be a servant of it. Wealth should be a disciples’ servant – not vice versa. The disciples were to use wealth to gain friends – the same reason the dishonest manager used the land owners’ wealth. The disciples’ wise use of wealth would help lead others to believe the message of the Kingdom and bring them to accept that message.
It is my prayer that we will be good stewards and use our resources to lead others to Christ!
We have the joy of welcoming Jonathan Justine to the pulpit this Sunday. He will preach and share an update about his family’s ministry in Thailand with Youth with a Mission (YWAM). Jonathan’s message is: “Investments 101,” based upon Matthew 25:14-18. Please read the text before worship!
Adult Sunday School
Our Adult Sunday school class will meet this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the large Sunday school room. Please join Janet Coiner and others for a wonderful time around God’s Word!! We will continue our study of the Gospel of John. This Sunday we will study John 3: Was Nicodemus a Hypocrite? Please bring you Bible!
Tithes and Offerings
An offering box is available when you enter or exit the sanctuary. Additionally, online giving opportunities are available on the website.
May Financial Report
Tithes: Monthly: $16,795.28. YTD: $77,619.52
Expenses: Monthly: $13,316.70 YTD: $77,789.25
Capital Campaign: $0. YTD: $6,030
Designated Giving: $0. YTD: $4,816
The Golden Oldies initial gathering was filled with great fellowship and fun! The group will meet again on July 12th from 11 t0 1 at Panera Bread! Please bring a gift for bingo as we will be playing, and we have a New Jersey retired policeman as guest speaker!
Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports
If you have any concerns you would like to add to the Prayer Concerns and Praise Reports list or give an update, PLEASE contact our prayer coordinator, Janet Coiner (540.447.0918) by THURSDAY at NOON!! Thanks so much!!
If you or someone in our congregation needs a ride to a doctor’s appointment or other appointment, please call Tom Reider (540.649.5162). He has agreed to coordinate rides. He has a list of those who have volunteered to give those rides. We are grateful for this important ministry!!
We are looking forward to the upcoming visit from Jonathan Justine and family THIS Sunday, June 25th during worship. Jonathan will be preaching and giving an update regarding their family’s ministry in Thailand with Youth with a Mission (YWAM)!
Hope Blessings Donations for Love INC. We continue to collect donations every three months. From April 1 to June 30, we are collecting personal hygiene items: toothpaste, tooth brushes (single packs), shampoo, soap, deodorant (male and female), brushes, combs, and small wash cloths. May we be a blessing to those families in need. There is a challenge to have 100 toothbrushes and 50 bottles of shampoo by June 30!! Let’s go for it! We are grateful for our partnership with Love INC!
Missions Team is active keeping in touch with our missionaries and other ministries. Please keep updated! You can visit our website and go to the Outreach page
Paige Holder (6/24)