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June 2009 - INSIDE THIS ISSUE. . .
1. Silver Linings in the Economic Storm Clouds Click
2. Scriptures that Can Provide Opportunities for Discussion About the Place of Money in Our Lives Click
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From June 26th through June 30, I will be attending the 27th General Synod of the United Church of Christ, which is being held at DeVos Place, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. General Synods are gatherings of thousands of lay people, delegates, clergy, and denominational leaders, which are held every other year in various cities around the United States. Members gather at General Synod for fellowship and to transact business of the denomination. I look forward to these gatherings as large family reunions where I can see old friends, renew relationships, and catch up on new developments.
Our booth this year is right next to the SERRV booth in the Exhibit Hall. We have just developed a new booklet, How to Increase Giving in Tight Financial Times. Drop by our booth to pick up a complimentary copy, to sign up for a professional, no-obligation consultation, or to just say "Hi."
In this edition of Wyden Your Horizons, we provide suggestions of Silver
Linings that are present now in the midst of the Storm Clouds of the global
Every problem also presents an opportunity. We are finding some Silver Linings in the midst of the Global Economic Storm Clouds
1. Your church may be able to build at significantly lower costs. Churches that we are working with are finding that they are able to do renovations and additions much less expensively than they originally thought. Many in the construction industry are eager to have work in these times, and are consequently charging lower fees. Also, costs of some building materials are decreasing.
2. Money is attracted to effective programs. In these times, there are numerous opportunities to create programs to help the millions who are in need. Money is actually attracted to programs that are effective in really helping people. As we often say, there is typically not a shortage of money, but rather a lack of creativity and a lack of faith in God's providing. If some churches were given a lot of money, they would not know what to do with it. But at this time, since so many are in need, there are abundant opportunities to develop meaningful new programs in every community.
If you want to inspire individuals to invest in your program or to receive grants to assist in funding your programs, you need to think in terms of creating programs that effectively respond to urgent needs and that are not being offered by other organizations in your community. Especially in this time of seismic economic changes in the world, there are occurring tremendous shifts in demand for certain occupations. Many traditionally well-paying jobs may be in short supply during this recession. Job losses typically continue even as the recessions begin to end, as it takes time for employers to ramp up to meet new demand. For many individuals the best course of action at this time may not be to just wait until jobs reappear in their field, but instead to find ways to learn new skills that can qualify them for emerging new vocations. Churches and non-profit organizations can provide invaluable assistance in this area by offering programs that assist individuals in developing these new skills for occupations that are in demand. One approach would be to enlist the assistance of community volunteers or possibly retired individuals to teach courses that provide training in fields that are always in demand.
3. It is an excellent time for families to re-evaluate their priorities. As many families are struggling to adjust to doing with less, this economic crisis may also present many "teachable moments." This may also be an excellent time to initiate family discussions about values and what is really necessary to have lives that are meaningful and significant. Rather than parents stoically trying to enforce that the family do with less, it might be a good to sit down with youngsters and teenagers and to talk about what can be done without, and how family members can work together. It also might be a good to reflect on the fact that many around the world live with much less than we do in the United States. Some families may find that family game nights may provide inexpensive, enjoyable times for interaction. Other families may find joy and appreciation for what they have by volunteering to provide assistance at social service agencies.
Churches can also offer opportunities for discussions about money. In times
like this, when money is such a burden to so many, the church must not be
silent on this topic that directly affects our lives in so many ways. The
scriptures and especially Jesus' parables and teachings in The Gospels
provide many topics for discussion and learnings about the healthy place of
money in our lives.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse... put me to the test, says God, and see if I do not open the windows of heaven and shower you with an overflowing blessing. Malachi 3:10
Do not store up treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will be your heart. Matthew 6:19
No one can serve two masters... You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24
Therefore I tell you do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ... and can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? and Why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow; they do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you not even Solomon in all of his glory was not dressed like one of these. If God clothes the grass of the fields, which is here today and gone tomorrow, will God not much more clothe you - you of little faith? Matthew 6:25-30
Do not worry saying, "What will we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What will we wear?"...Strive first for God's realm, and God's righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:31-34
Jesus sat opposite the treasury and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which are worth about a penny ...He called his disciples and said to them, "Truly I tell you: this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on." Mark 12:41-44
Give and it shall be given to you a good measure, pressed down, shaken, overflowing shall be poured into your lap. For the measure you give, will be the measure you get back. Luke 6:38
For everyone to whom much has been given, from them much will be required. Luke 12:48
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.....God is able to provide you with everything in abundance, so that you may always have enough of everything; you may share abundantly in every good work...God who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. II Corinthians 9: 6 -10
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