Faithful People Find A Way To Remain Faithful
BCCC has been blessed in the past with faithful people who actively participate in our church services, programs, and finances. In these changing and challenging days we have gone from having on-site meetings to doing most of our ministry via other means. And our faithful people are having to find ways to remain faithful in service, participation, and in their giving.
Our church's on-site worship services may have been shut-down due to the coronavirus outbreak but our ongoing ministry and missions continue on. Besides daily updates on FACEBOOK and on our website, we are working in the office, calling and checking on our people at home, running errands for those who are shut-in, and even conducting board business by phone. Just today we made the run to pick up supplies for ARC. Ministry continues.
Many of our church members faithfully contribute to our weekly offerings which keep the church going and helps missions work locally and abroad. Weekly giving makes the continued fulfillment of our ongoing mission for Jesus possible.
So how can our members remain faithful in giving when the church isn't meeting onsite? How can you keep up your commitment to giving and thus continue to invest in and fund the continuing mission and ministry of our church?
Here are four simple ways:
1. Send a check through the mail. The best and most direct way to keep up giving is to simply write a check to “Beaver Creek Christian Church” and send it through the U.S. Postal Service. You can mail the check to:
Michael and Pat Grubb
789 Northridge Dr.,
Boone, NC 28607
Questions about giving can be addressed to Mike or Pat by email: email@example.com or by phone.
The “fee” for using this method is simply the Fifty-Five cent stamp required to send it. Members need to take precautions and make sure that when they send a letter that they don’t have symptoms that might lead to the spread of a virus via a letter.
2. Drop it off. When you have to come to town for supplies you can simply bring your check in an envelope and drop it off at the parsonage or Mike and Pat's house. Obviously with the need for social distancing, this would be the least optimal of the options mentioned.
3. Call and we will come and pick it up from your house. Simply put a check in an envelope and have it ready... someone from the church will pick it up at your door. We won't come in for a visit. Again this is not the optimal way of doing it.
4. Online services - Mike and Pat are investigating ways to do on-line banking which we will tell you a bit more about later. However, you can call your bank and make a wire transfer of funds if you prefer. Keep in mind that some on-line services take a small portion of your donation for their cost of services.
There are several Bible stories and parables about the importance of giving:
In Mark 12:41-44 the story was about the poor widow who gave all that she had – a couple of copper coins – and Jesus said she gave more than all the rich folks who were giving tons of their money away.
In Acts 4, Joseph, called Barnabas which means "Son of Encouragement," sold some property and gave the whole proceeds to the apostles for distribution to those in need.
Acts 11:27-30 tells us about Agabus who prophesized that “there would certainly be a great famine all over the world. The church was encouraged to determine in their heart what they would send as a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea. Bad times were coming, and the first thing the disciples did was give to the needy.
In the story about the tax collector Zaccheus, he told Jesus, “Half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much” (Luke 19:8). Right after Zaccheus was introduced to Christ, he became a generous giver.
These stories of generosity are intended to motivate us to be generous. As followers of Christ, we need to learn to give more. Especially in these hard times.
Remember: Faithful people find a way to remain faithful.
PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Father, Thank you for be faithful to me in everything. I want to be faithful in my service, participation, fellowship, and giving not just at church but even while we are apart. Help me to stay faithful to your word. Help me to do what is right in my giving. Thank you for Jesus and for giving us the precious gift of life, life abundant, and life eternal. In Jesus' name I pray. AMEN!