Presbyterians Today

OCT-NOV 2017

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38 OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017 | Pr e s by te r i a n s To d ay the Presbyterian Foundation for help with stewardship training and resources, as well as secure online giving and funds manage- ment services. The foundation also holds and invests the principal of a number of endowments and dis- tributes the income directly to the church for its missions. Legacy gifts don't always have to come in the form of cash for an endowment. "Because of someone's real estate gift, we're now able to provide a residence for the associate pastor," said Melberg. Plan for future use A legacy is an act of creation and a will is a tool used to create CRAIG THOMPSON The weekly offering is a tangible way to participate in Christ's mission. At Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church the pastor raises the offering gifts to God during worship. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth, praying, "Come, Lord Jesus." — from A Brief Statement of Faith God's grace through Jesus Christ is a transformational gift in a person's life and journey of faith. This gift compels us to give back to God, which is the way we say, "Thank you." Our thank you to God comes through the prayers, gifts and actions of each of us and all of us. As members of a connectional church, Presbyterians express their collective gratitude to God through our denomination's mission efforts. Together we are stronger. Together we make a lasting impact. Together we are the visible sign of God's love in a world longing for hope, peace and renewal. Jesus' words compel us to love God and to love our neighbor. Presbyterians are the hands and feet of Christ through their deep commitment to mission. Engagement in Presbyterian mission through your prayers, financial gifts and hands-on involvement makes a differ- ence in your community, across the country and through- out the world. Your generosity demonstrates the love of God and the renewal of the Holy Spirit. Your gifts support: • faithful discipleship; • new worshiping communities; • ministries for youth, college students and young adults, including the Youth Triennium; • direct responses in times of disaster; • mission co-workers and Young Adult Volunteers serving with partners in 50 countries; • developing resources and providing training for racial justice and reconciliation; • advocacy for justice and freedom; • speaking the truth in love; • promoting peace and conflict resolution; • opportunities for leadership development; • caring for God's creation; • working to end hunger and poverty. Your gifts to Presbyterian mission inspire, equip and connect Presbyterians and other Christians around the world. The result is a Spirit-breathed synergy that makes God's community more livable for all. Thank you. For more information on how you and your congregation can support Presbyterian mission go to Rosemary C. Mitchell is the senior director of Mission Engagement and Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency. GIVING EXPRESSES OUR THANKS TO GOD BY ROSEMARY C. MITCHELL

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