Stepping Up and Stepping Out
Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” It is easy to believe what we see. It is easy for us to have faith in God when we have always done things the same way with seemingly successful results. It reminds me of the old saying, “If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.” Thus, when we are challenged to try something new or enhance what we have been doing, reluctance and fear can keep us from moving forward. As a result, not only do we get the same results, we limit ourselves (e.g., spiritual growth) and our trust in God’s ability to help us when we stay in our comfort zone.
On Sunday, Dec. 5, our Consecration Sunday service went on without a hitch. The Rev. Phil Gardner was the guest speaker. Rev. Gardner, a retired United Methodist pastor and a member of the Council on Finance and Administration, challenged Wanda members to be “Good Stewards for Jesus Christ.” He preached about the three legs of stewardship and how they should guide our giving. At the conclusion of the service, members completed a pledge card. After the service, a wonderful buffet luncheon was held in the Church’s fellowship hall. Based on the great response to give for our own spiritual development, we look forward to stepping out of our comfort zone by enhancing our current ministries and establishing new ones as we strive to be the Church God has called us to be. It is a testament to our belief in God and our stewardship to Him.