October -- 2019
The signs of Fall are all around us. The crowds at the SHARC have left, the aspens are losing their leaves, football is in full swing, and Sunriver residents are working overtime to prepare their homes for the coming of winter. So, too, Sunriver Christian Fellowship has begun its transition of our church calendar to the season of stewardship.
Stewardship is so much more than our financial responsibility to SCF. Jesus, who was homeless at birth said, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” Matthew 25. Through the loving generosity of the SCF family, we profoundly and positively impact the lives of those in need. Your financial gifts and acts of love serve as the hands and feet of Jesus in a world desperate for His saving light.
During my 2019 stewardship sermon, I will reflect on the implications of Jesus making the Ten Commandments subservient to His new commandment to love one another, and how at a critical time in my life, I realized I had failed to love deeply enough. The lesson I learned from this experience is that it is through loving we join the universal GREAT LOVE so that from generation to generation we can and do change the world.
Just for a moment, think about some of the many things SCF’s GREAT LOVE - does collectively. We engage in
National and International Ministries
Good News Ministries
UPCAP, our helping hand to low-income South County families
Habitat for Humanity
Wheel Chair Ministries
Care and Share
Visions of Sugar Plums
And the list goes on and on and on.
In the words of the Franciscan Monk Richard Rohr, “Life is not about being correct but about being connected. At all costs, stay connected! Our only holiness is by participation and surrender to the Body of Love. In the metaphorical and literal joining of hands from generation to generation, we can and will change the world”.
Every day brings opportunities to participate in the divine energy of Christ’s GREAT LOVE. Every gesture, large or small, every warm word, and every act of generosity matters. There are NO small acts of kindness or stewardship in Christ’s kingdom. Our church specifically sets this time aside so that we may reflect and challenge ourselves to expand our capacities, to love with generous hearts, so that we may enter into a more intimate relationship with our Lord, and participate in the GREAT LOVE.
On behalf of our pastoral staff and Managing Board, we are so very grateful for your generosity and support. We want you to know that your many, many gifts are deeply appreciated and valued. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration, your generosity, and help in building the Kingdom of God.