Making a difference

Dear Glen Mar friends,

I'm so glad to be in the season of Easter with you! Because He Lives...we can move from Fear to Faith, as Pastor Jen reminded us last week. This week, we will explore that Because He Lives...we can move from "empty" to "enough."

This week, I'm excited to share that we are sending out information packets sharing all the difference YOU have been able to make through your giving here at Glen Mar over the past stewardship year. When I looked at the brochure showing all the ways we are "Praising God, Growing Disciples, and Serving the World," tears filled my eyes, knowing that Glen Mar is full of people whose faith is making a real difference in the lives of real people. In that packet, you'll also find more information about how and why to make a pledge for the next year. I want to invite you to be in prayer for the coming weeks about how God might be calling YOU to give. Commitment Weekend will be 5/18 and 5/19, followed by a church picnic.

Between now and then, will you join me in praying each day this simple prayer?

God of Resurrection, remind me that all I have is a gift from you. Show me how you are calling me to share those gifts through my giving, so that everyone might know the difference that Easter makes.

In addition, starting next week, be on the lookout for a week's worth of daily devotionals to help us grow in faith, hope and love and grow to be as generous as our generous God?

God is so good, and deeply provides all we need to do God's work. I'm amazed at what God can do if each of us simply place our gifts in God's hands. Like the loaves and fishes, Jesus takes our small acts of faith and brings forth life-changing fruit.

The local church is where the real work of church happens. That is the place where people show and share and experience the love and welcome of Christ. Glen Mar has always been, and will always be, a place where people can meet Jesus and grow as his disciples.

I'm so proud to be your pastor and so very grateful for your generous, faithful spirit.

See you in Church,
Mandy