*** Giving Tuesday update for PET online: $35,050 was given on Dec. 3, but none was early enough to grab a match offered. We appreciate your efforts in trying to snag a match and for partnering with PET to help the leg handicapped. This is an excerpt from an email they sent to us, “Only 172 gifts were matched. The $500,000 matching dollars were used up in the 1st 3 minutes of December 3rd.” The General Board of Global Ministries was kind enough to go ahead and release a check and listing since Dec. 3 gifts were so large vs. waiting for the usual monthly release after the end of Dec. We have already deposited the large check and are busy recording all gifts & sending thank you letters.
Kathy Maynard, Business Administrator
*** Here is a good guideline for making New Year’s Resolutions, either as a church or as an individual. A church I was in today used this to score their church:
Measuring the Quality of a Church:
It has been said that the quality of a nation is not to be measured by
its gross national product, by the size of its military or the number of its
victories, by the grandeur of its cities, by the scientific achievements of
its universities – or by any other such measures. The quality of a nation is
to be measured simply by observing how it treats its children, its
handicapped and ill, its elderly, its homeless and those in prison. That
alone measures the quality of a nation!
It is equally true that the quality of a church is not to be measured by
the magnificence of its buildings, the value of its stained glass, the
number of pipes in its organ, the size of its budget or membership, or the
pulpit prestige of its preachers.
***The quality of a church is not to be measured by how well it sings the
Hallelujah Chorus – but in how well it hears and responds to the cry of a
dying child in a faraway land.
***The quality of a church is not to be measured by how good, upright and
law abiding are its members – but in how it ministers to those in prison.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by how well dressed are
its members at a service of worship – but in their generosity in clothing
the naked of the world.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by the size and quality of
the homes in which its members live – but by what they are doing to make
sure that the rest of the world is decently housed.
*** The quality of a Church is not to be measured by how many of its members
tithe their income – but by what they do with their total income.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by the health care it
provides its pastors -but by what that church is doing to provide health
care for all.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by what its preachers say
about poverty – but by what the poor say about that church.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by the amount of food on
the table at a pot-luck dinner – but by who is really invited to eat.
*** The quality of a church is not to be measured by the beauty of its
sanctuary – but by the generosity of its spirit.
The measuring stick of Jesus was simply, what have you done about the poor,
the naked, the lonely, the sick, the hungry and imprisoned, the rejected and
disenfranchised of the world.?
Nothing else was mentioned. – by Mel West
“Sometimes you get the best light from a burning bridge.” Don Henley