November 14, 2018

WORSHIP SCHEDULE
2 services at
8:30 & 10:45
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Looking for a good gift?

Contribute to the ELCA's

Good Gifts Program where you

can provide a family or

community with tools, livestock,

or wells that will help them

become healthier, more

prosperous, and self-sufficient.

Check out:

https://community.elca.org/elcagoodgifts.

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 Coat Drive
Bring gently used coats, hats,
gloves,scarves and mittens
to St. Andrew
by Sunday, Oct 21
These will be distributed
by Market Street Mission
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Reformation Sunday
Oct 28
Wear Red!
AND/OR
A 4 Church Reformation Celebration
Sat. Oct 27
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
300 Shunpike
Chatham
4:00 pm
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Stewardship

LIVE GENEROUSLY- Take hold of the life that really is life. - 1 Timothy 6:18-19

 

"Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."  Matthew 6:21 

We work hardest for the things we treasure most.  Unfortunately, most of us don't treasure most the thing we should.  We are supposed to treasure our relationship with God above all else, for when we do, everything else that we need will fall into place... our families, our personal relationships, our finances, our vocations, our recreation, and our peace of mind.

 

But this is so hard to do, isn't it?

 

It is really about our mindset.  This kind of thinking, and living, comes with practice.  And with practice, it becomes not that terribly difficult to do.  Will we falter?  Of course, we're sinful beings.  But to work to put ourselves back in this mindset gets easier every time we stray, as we practice... because living in this mindset becomes easier than living out of it.

 

Keeping this mindset... that we are to treasure our relationship with God above everything else...begins with remembering that everything we have and everything we are comes from God.  We have earned nothing on our own without His help.  When we remember that, it becomes second natures to think of everything we do as being done for the glory of God.  And when we live as if everything we do is a testament to the abundance of God's love, then we end up doing God's work with our hands, and multiplying the very gifts God has given to us.

 

Then there is enough for all.

 

When we live in the mindset that our relationship with God matters more than anything else, the trickle-down effect moves us to give back to to the One who gives us everything, even His Son to die for our salvation.  In our giving back, we enable the Church to do God's work, with our hands.

 

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