Dear Friends in Christ,
Exciting events and grace filled days are happening at St. James! Because of you, your family, and our congregational family, the gospel is being boldly proclaimed and the joy of God’s grace in Christ is celebrated in marvelous ways. Indeed, through our ministry together, countless lives are being touched with the love of Christ.
As we look ahead to ministry as a family of faith at St. James, we are embarking on an initiative that will help us grow in ministry and ways we can bring connections with people and Christ. This initiative is a three-year discipleship and generosity growing opportunity for the whole congregation. Our ministry initiative is called “First, We Give of Ourselves”. This emphasis will be a celebration of our ministry and growing in the delight of God’s grace. As we consider the gift of grace in Christ, we will also explore the joy of our giving in grace.
This fall, the focus of “First, We Give of Ourselves” will be “Giving in Grace”. We will explore together, the wonderful gift of God’s grace in Christ and how it is the foundation of our discipleship and giving. Then in the fall of 2019, our focus will center around the second facet of our ministry initiative, “Giving in Gratitude”. We will explore the spiritual nature of gratitude and how it encourages us to give of ourselves in response to God’s grace in Christ. Then, in the fall of 2020, we will follow through with the focus of “Giving in Generosity”. What does it mean to experience God’s generosity and to give with generous hearts? These are questions that will engage our sense of discipleship and invite us to grow in the sharing of gifts for ministry. We are looking forward to this three-year period being a time of intentional growth in discipleship and generosity.
Our Kick-Off Sunday for “First, We Give of Ourselves: Giving in Grace” will be Sunday, September 30, 2018.
“Giving in Grace” All Congregation Bible Study
Another important element of this emphasis is a Bible Study entitled “Giving in Grace”.
Wednesdays: on 10/3; 10/10; 10/17; 10/24
Morning: Bible study at 11:00 a.m. or
Evening: Soup and Sandwich bible study beginning at 6:00 p.m. You are invited to be a part of these conversations.
Plan to be on hand in worship and join a “Giving in Grace” Bible Study this fall as we consider together how, “First, We Give of Ourselves”. How exciting it will be to grow together in discipleship and the joy of generosity.
Rejoicing in God’s Grace,