“Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to”Deuteronomy 15:10
An Invitation to Live Generously
God’s generosity teaches us how much—often more than we can ask or imagine—can be accomplished when we honor God. Our experience of the mercy and generosity of God changes everything about us. We give because God gave. We also give to and through our church because God calls us to make a difference in our world.
Our individual and collective giving not only makes possible the worship, discipleship, children, and student ministries for our church family; it also alleviates suffering and meets the real needs of people in our community and world. For example:
- We support our neighbors through providing resources such as the Blessing Box, vouchers for food and gas for those in need of assistance, and financial support for immediate needs through the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund.
- We meet the real needs of those in our community through various ministries that take place in our Community Center, our community Thanksgiving meal, and special offerings at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter.
- We help those in our community who struggle with food insecurity through the HEART Mid-Ohio Food Market—and we help alleviate hunger around the world through our OneFeedsOne food packing event.
- We support our mission partners in places like Romania and Cuba—where the financial resources we’ve shared have helped them plant incredible seeds of hope and healing. In the words of one of our Cuba mission servants, “…after seeing how they [our Cuban neighbors] lived, and what they didn’t have, but yet out of what they didn’t have they tried to give to us…what a blessing it was.”
Our world needs more generosity. Every time we partner with God—from our individual acts of kindness to our church-wide serving opportunities—God uses our generosity to change our hearts as He changes the world.