In Touch – November 2, 2012
Posted on November 2, 2012 by under Touché,

Preach the Money and Run, You Turkey

But thanks be to God who put in the heart of Titus the same eagerness for you that I myself have.  For he not only accepted our appeal, but since he is more eager than ever, he is going to you of his own accord.  (2 Corinthians 8:16-17)

Paul had Titus, I have Mark Mast.  Paul trusted Titus with the financial gift that the Corinthians were giving to the Jerusalem church; I am trusting Mark with the message on 167 Giving that will focus on a life of giving and the challenge to see that reflected at Hopewell.

I am leaving for the Dominican Republic tomorrow and leaving Mark with the money message for the next two weeks.  It just happened that way and it is not that I want to run when it is time to preach about money.  I know that in our culture the number one idol that pushes God off the throne is our trust in our finances, thus, as a pastor there is not a more pastoral sermon than one that speaks about money.  In our day and age every sermon on discipleship is a sermon about money, but in the next three weeks we will look at how that relates to our giving at HRC.  We will look at our budget as it is divided up through the three arcs of 167 Living: Worship, Discipleship and Mission and we will give an equal challenge to everybody in the church to see their giving increased by 1% of household income.

Please pray for our team in the D.R.  This trip will include an outreach event that the Dominican pastors are expecting over two thousand people to attend.  Pray that God’s Spirit is poured out mightily on this event Thursday and Friday.  We have four pastors from the U.S., including me, who will be joining this team.  The others are:  1) Pastor Nester, who will be the primary preacher at the outreach.  He is a Spanish speaking Columbian pastor from Westchester County, 2) Pastor Daniel Ward from St. John’s Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie, 3) Pastor Antonio Aquino, who is a pastor that I am mentoring into the RCA; he is Dominican and leads a church in Providence, Rhode Island.  Antonio “happened” to be in the D.R. at the same time that we will be there and so we have invited him to join us for the outreach.  There are around 25 pastors from D.R. participating in this event.  It will be exciting.

Finally, I will also leave Mark working the Turkey Dinner.  This is a command performance with the community and always a fun night.  I am sorry that I will miss it, but it is an important piece of our ministry here.  The funds raised on that one evening cover our fellowship/kitchen costs for the whole year.  I hope that you will support it with your work and your donations so that we have coffee, paper goods and good fellowship all year long.

Have fun this week.  We will see you in a couple of Sundays,