Let's Celebrate Communion Together
As you are receiving this email, I pray that you feel the love and grace of God this day.
As I am reflecting on today and this week, it has been a hard week for me. In a way, I have felt off all week. I think much of this is due to the tornado that devastated my home community, but I also know that it is complicated by the reality that I am not able to be with you in worship in-person.
As we prepare for the weekend, I wanted to send you some information for how to connect this weekend. As part of Sunday's worship service, we will celebrate communion together online. This will take some preparation on your part, so I hope that you will keep reading to learn more.
I also invite you to consider the words of Proverbs 3:9, where we read:
Honor the Lord with your substance
and with the first fruits of all your produce.
A first fruit offering is often defined as 10% or a tithe of all you produce.
This week my family received a stimulus check deposited into our checking account. I know that while my wife is out of work these funds will really help. When I saw this deposit, though, I remembered that before this money was mine, it was God's; before this money was the government’s, it was God’s money.
In addition to my regular giving, as part of worship this week, I will be giving 10% of this stimulus money back to God.
If you received a stimulus check, I want to encourage you to join me in giving the first fruit back to God—giving 10% back to God as an act faithfulness. As an act this will help us continue to work together to create hope and connect people with Jesus.
You can click HERE to give online to Decatur or Concord. You can also mail your donation to our financial secretary at 466 Miller Road, Decatur, TN 37322 or If you would like to mail a donation to Concord, you can send it to PO Box 1121.
I pray blessings upon you this day and this weekend.