Financial/Generosity / Pastoral Care

Deacons Give: by Neal Barton

Neal BartonAs a deacon at Smoke Rise I have always been impressed with the way deacons give of themselves in time, talent and support of the stewardship ministry. In 2 Corinthians 8 Paul gives us guidance on giving and at Smoke Rise our church by-laws require deacons to be “faithful supporters of the stewardship ministry.”
It is always amazing to me to observe the way our deacons give. Most of them are a deacon and a Sunday school teacher; or member of the Honduras, Tijuana, New York, Edgewood or GAP mission teams; or are on the facilities, personnel, finance, worship, counting, grounds or one of the various missions committees. They can be found working in the children’s or youth department, on the Joseph Project team or at one of our Co-Op partners. Deacons can be found planting plants, cleaning out retention pools or painting and doing other maintenance at the church. They are choir members and also work with youth and children’s choirs. They are truly an example of the saying: “If you want something done you ask a busy person to do it.”
As a member of the finance committee during these times of tight budgets and reducing offerings I marvel at the giving sprit of our deacons and am thankful for the service leadership example they give to our church. Their donated labor and expertise also allow us to stretch our budgeted giving dollars further in God’s service.
As we approach the end of the year it is a good time for all of us to remind ourselves of Paul’s guidance  in 2 Corinthians 8: 7 “But just as you excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us – see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”

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