Reflections on Faith and Community

Dear friends,

In this blog, you will find weekly reflections on life and faith. My hope is that, in some way, they will prove helpful to you in your daily living. May God bless you on the spiritual journey.

Andrew S. Odom

10/31/2017 8:21 AM

An Interesting Observation

10/31/2017 8:21 AM
10/31/2017 8:21 AM
We are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. (Ephesians 2:10)
Last week we kicked of the 2018 Stewardship Campaign “Transform Your Giving” with the first of three videos where we asked church members to talk about their experience around giving. What memories of childhood do they have? What things do they practice in their life? One of the fun things to watch is how eager people are to talk about a childhood memory of giving or about a time when they either gave or received something that clearly made a difference. It is not difficult to get people to talk about that stuff.
Another thing we do during a stewardship campaign is have a table out in the Atrium of the church. We stock it with information, a viewing of the latest video, a laptop for people to go online and make their commitment, and a friendly member of the stewardship team. People avoid this table like the plague. It is almost comical. On Sunday I noticed a significant distance between the table and the crowd gathering between worship services. This year we even added giving kits for children and announced that in worship to spur interest in simply stopping by. No takers. Not one.
Ask someone to talk about their memories of giving when they were little, and they can’t wait to tell you about it. Ask someone to talk about what they feel led to give today, and they avoid you like a snake oil salesman peddling the latest elixir. Taboo subjects have a very powerful hold on us, don’t they?

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