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A Gift of Hope

by Rev. Julie Sterling. (Orginally appearing in the “Bridge” November 2020)

Blessing friends. As we navigate through another month, I am prayerful that you are doing well. November signals a shift to fall and the beginning of our holiday season. Things will be different this year. We may not be able to do the same cherished family traditions. Our way of worship together may be different as well. Still, with all the changes, we know that there is much to be thankful for.

This month our leadership will start making plans for the coming year.
Budgets will be set, and new leaders will be called. With all that has happened this last year, our ministry has not wavered. In fact, in many ways it has grown for the better. The challenges we have tackled in the face of Covid 19 have made us grow into a stronger community. It has called us to work harder and strive to reach beyond our church walls. It is amazing what we can accomplish when we put our trust in God. It has not been easy. Never less, God has not and will not let us down. I am constantly comforted by the passage from Isaiah 41:10: “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous righthand.”

Friends, we are called to be good stewards for God. God made us to care for
God’s creation and this month you will be called to support our living ministry of Christ Jesus. This past week during our quarterly Presbytery meeting we were challenged to pass a “budget of hope”. As members of Suffolk Presbyterian Church, I request that you do likewise. Believe and give from the heart. For Jeremiah 17:7 states “…blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him”. Through your personal commitment to our church, we will be able to continue to live out our mission as a bridge of faith and service. Your gift of time and talents will help assist in the good work of this church for the coming year. Your gift of hope will help inspire our congregation to continue to grow in faith and love locally and globally.

I do not know what the coming year will bring. I do know that our church
is working hard to maintain a spirit driven ministry. Nothing has or will keep up for living our ministry of hope. I pray you will join me with excitement in this stewardship season. Let us thank God by committing to his ministry with open hearts and open minds. Let us pledge a gift of trust, not only to God but to one another.