Summer! What a great time of the year that everyone looks forward to, particularly children and young people! But if you’re like me, you have to admit that we adults really like it, too. Summertime means vacation, the beach, special conferences, and wonderful times with family and friends. What an enjoyable time of the year!
With summer being a relaxing time and many of us being away from church when we go on vacation, some folks forget to give their tithes and offerings when they are away. It is so important to the mission of the church that we each be faithful to give continuously throughout the summer months so that God’s work is not interrupted. Remember that, just as your home budget needs continue weekly, so do the budget needs of your church. In addition, summertime is when our children and youth are out of school and their ministries really go to the next level with activities and expenses. If you are planning a vacation this summer, I pray that you will do whatever it takes to get your offerings to the church office before you leave. Thanks so very much for your faithfulness to God and His church. In Malachi 3:10, He promises to bless your faithfulness! “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”
Another thing that happens during the summer months is that some believers who have worked hard all year feel that summertime becomes a vacation time from the worship services and activities of the church. You can be assured that North Anderson Baptist Church is alive and well during the summer! We will continue to worship our God and serve Him in our community and beyond! We will continue to have exciting services, activities, and opportunities for service! Hebrews 10:25 urges us to continue to worship the Lord and not let anything get in the way“… not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another —and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
May the joy of summer bring you closer to the presence of God by your personal worship and service to God and His church.