I Am FOR Giving
September 21, 2016
By Lauren Syler Weedon
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” Second Corinthians 9:7
One of the things that drew me to FirstChurch was its history of being a force for change in the community. FirstChurch is FOR giving. We are FOR loving our neighbors. We are FOR building community both within the church and outside its walls, and we are FOR creating a better and brighter world.
I chose FirstChurch because I want to be a member of a community that is FOR giving. A few weeks ago, the children’s sermon closed with a message about our Christian duty to help those in need. I’m blessed to raise my children in a place that puts an outward focus on the idea that our charge as Christians is to love our neighbors as ourselves. This is the message I receive from our ministry and congregation every week. I’m so proud of our positive momentum in the community and want to work to continue our trajectory toward building a better church home for all of us, and better Dallas for the world. We are certainly up to something big at First Church!
There are many secular restatements of the verse in Second Corinthians above. I’ve always loved the old Joe Goodwin lyric, “When you’re smiling; the whole world smiles with you”. It is amazing how such a simple act can change the way we see everything.
Please join me in supporting our 2017 campaign FOR good, FOR loving and FOR giving, and join us in worship September 25 for Commitment Sunday.