I try not to fill up your mailbox or email with a lot of unnecessary information, but once in a while I feel it’s imperative. You’ve heard me say more than once, that we are a family church, teaching people, to reach their world. For 25 years that’s been the mission of Joy Christian Center. As I mentioned during our 25-year celebration, this church would not be where we are today, nor have the reputation it does, without you—the people of Joy! Your faithfulness and generosity over the years has been fully evident from the large events to the everyday life of what we do as a church. Many people around central Minnesota have been blessed, not because of ME, but because of WE.
On October 23rd, I invited everyone connected to Joy Christian Center to participate in something that we now call the “Joy to the World” offering. For the last several years we’ve used this offering for various needs within our church, but more so, to be a blessing to the world around us. This offering is proof, that “WE is greater than ME”.
During this service I presented 4 giving goals for the 2017 year. While I don’t have the space in this letter to go into all of the details, you can get a better understanding by viewing the message at our website greatjoy.org/media/sermon-library/ (From ME to WE Part 3, 10/23/2016)
100% OF THE JOY TO THE WORLD 2017 OFFERING WILL GO TOWARD FUNDING THESE FOUR PROJECTS:
- Be a blessing to a church
- Bless a pastor & spouse
- Be a tangible blessing to the 22 Benton County Sheriff’s officers
- Keep getting better as a church, through “Growth Track”
I am confident that the blessings of people, wisdom, experience and resources here at Joy Christian Center aren’t for us alone. I believe that God wants us to be a resource for other churches too. There are pastors of smaller churches that have vision and potential, but they just need a little bit of help. I want us to be the ones to provide that help. We’re working hard at getting better in everything we do, so we can put ourselves into a position to be that blessing.
How do we do this? For the very low cost of $49.95! On November 20, 2016, we are encouraging everyone to come prepared to be a part of the 2017 Joy to the World offering. I know that for some $49.95 is a stretch and others can do more. I ask that each of you prayerfully consider being a part. After all, everyone really can do more than someone.
If you’re going to be out of town on November 20, or if you’d like to donate now, you may do so online. It’s safe, secure and simple to use.
It is an honor to serve God with you in this great mission and harvest in central Minnesota, as we reach our community for Christ and advance the Gospel around the world.
You can give now. It’s safe, secure and simple to use.
Acts 8:5,8 (NKJV)
Serving Him with Joy,