New Providence Presbyterian Church - Maryville, TN
Monday, April 24, 2017
Better Together. Those words have framed our stewardship emphasis for the last month, but they are not just words. We are better together. We are better at worship, we are better at caring for one another, we are better at reaching out to those in need, we are better at learning to follow Jesus, and we are better at being the people whom this world and this community so desperately needs. We are better together.
That thought has crossed my radar more than once in the last 24 hours. It occurred to me first when I taught the newest Inquirers’ class of members-to-be on Sunday. They didn’t arrive at this church because of the efforts of any one person. Some of them are here because of friends, but others are here because of youth or children’s programs, some have come seeking a different take on theology from what they’ve discovered elsewhere. No one individual could reasonably have made connections with all of those different people. It took all of us. We are better together.
I realized that same thing on Sunday morning listening to another beautiful anthem from our Chancel Choir, and then again Sunday night listening to the Maryville College Concert Choir. Four parts at a minimum – soprano, alto, tenor, bass. No one person can create the kind of multi-part harmony that a 50-voice choir can produce. We are better together.
Every Tuesday morning, a faithful cadre of folks will greet participants in the Bartlett program, and every Tuesday afternoon, 75-100 volunteers will pull off yet another good meal for the Welcome Table. On Wednesday afternoon, children will gather for their mid-week program, and Wednesday evening, the gym will be open and volunteers will be ready to welcome even more kids to Open Gym night. There’s only one explanation as to why all of that happens: we are better together.
I hope you’ll remember that as you fill out your “Estimate of Giving” card for the coming year. “Better Together” means that we need your participation – financial and otherwise – in order for this church to do and be all that God intends. Your involvement matters.
Over the past few weeks, you have received information about the financial resources we need to carry out the ministries we believe God has called us to do. Our 2016-2017 budget is still a work in progress, but best estimates put it in the neighborhood of 1.5 million dollars. It is an ambitious goal, but you know as well as I that this church has a long history of rising to meet such challenges.
I hope you will join me in a risky, faithful act this year. On the back of this page, you’ll see a “ladder of giving” that shows the contributions made by individuals or families to the ministry of New Providence in this past year. I intend to “step up” up to the next giving level for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, and I hope you will too.
When you have made a decision about your financial and time commitments, please share that information with the NPPC office on the enclosed card. During our worship services on April 17, we will offer our pledges and our lives to God. If you are unable to be present on that day, you can mail the card to the church office or click on the links at the top of the page. There is also a giving calculator to help you see what a step up might look like.
However you choose to support New Providence, I can promise you this: there is a deep sense of satisfaction that comes from being a part of the life of this congregation. I am grateful that we get to do that together.