From Pastor Lori Harvey, Lead Pastor at Salem Grace UMC
From Pastor Lori, Lead Pastor at Salem
It is not easy to talk about money, especially in the church. Money seems so personal. We could say, “I work hard for the money.” Money is one way to give value to one’s life. The country song by Chris Janson reminds us that “Money can’t buy happiness, but it could buy me a boat.” The Bible challenges us to pay attention to where our values are especially when it comes to money. Ecclesiastes 5:10 says, “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income.” On the other hand, we know that ministry takes financial resources, so churches talk about stewardship.
Stewardship is learning how we use what God has given to us, monetary giving as well as our time. Time is a precious resource. It was once said that a person’s values are reflected in their checkbook and their calendar. Today, we can summarize both by looking at banking and calendar apps on our phones. The churches in our community want to reflect their love of Jesus by how they spend their money and use their time. Grace UMC, along with other Salem churches, are using resources to reach children and families. We reflect God’s love and grace by using time and money to meet the needs of people, down the street, around the corner and throughout the world.
This Sunday, recommit to God by practicing your faith through worship and fellowship. Our service will be centered on Luke 16:1-13, Disciples Resist Greed. If you would like to attend a class on how to work towards financial peace in your life, please attend the Wednesday class Financial Peace University, at 6:00 p.m.