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LoveJoy Monday Morning Reflection
Dr. Gary Kornell - Bridge Pastor
September 17, 2017
Dear LoveJoy Members and Friends,
If you were at church yesterday, you learned that we have a Stewardship Team that is putting together a stewardship campaign for 2018. Thanks to Rob LaMarsh, you also know that our campaign has a name: Kairos: Now Is The Time. I’m not going to say Rob should move to New York or Hollywood to pursue an acting career, but I am sure he could do it! Thanks, Rob.
Over the next weeks, you’ll hear more about the campaign and, of course, I hope you will complete an Estimate of Giving Card in support of our ministry in 2018. But now, I want to raise a topic that might be overlooked: the discipline of the Session in managing the church budget this past year. Session does not seek applause, but I congratulate this committed group for the vigilance Session has demonstrated in making sure there was support for the ministry in LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church’s first year of existence, plus the careful attention to managing a balanced budget. This is no small achievement. And it should matter to you as you pray about your giving in support of the church’s ministry under its new pastor, Daniel Ervin.
It’s important to understand the dynamics of charitable giving. There are two sides to philanthropy. On the one hand, there is giving to a cause you believe in and in an amount that is appropriate for your resources. That’s the giving side of the philanthropic equation. It involves a very practical and moral decision. On the other hand, there is the moral aspect of receiving a gift. When you give a gift in the Presbyterian Church, you need to know that when the church receives your gift, its leadership (in our case, the Session) will faithfully manage the gift in ways that are responsible. Receiving a gift imposes a serious moral obligation upon those who receive and manage the use of your gifts. I want you to be absolutely confident in the Elders you elected to serve on Session. I have been totally impressed by their work in handling your gifts and managing the church budget.
As someone who has served as a Pastor for many years and for 15 or so years as the chief development officer of Arts & Sciences for two Universities, this is very important to me. As someone responsible for raising support for mission in religion and in higher education, this twofold side to giving has become very, very important to me. I want to support a mission that matters in the world. And Miki and I will certainly support the mission of LoveJoy United Presbyterian Church. Its ministry and mission matters. It is at an important moment. LoveJoy’s time is now! That said, I am so happy to know that the gifts you and I give will be handled with disciplined care.
Keep your ears and eyes and hearts and minds open for the arrival of Kairos: The Time Is Now. God is present in a powerful way. Now is the time.
Calendar of Events
The LoveJoy United Food Pantry is now open on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at our church location. Our mobile Food Pantry will be available in the rear parking lot of 2600 College Avenue in Alton the 3rd Monday of each month.