Thankfulness...and the Circle of Giving
by David Freedman

Thank you for your faithfulness to God and to His work. We ended 2011 with a gain of just over $600,000 in tithe compared to 2010. With this gain and numerous cost savings we were also able to meet our budget. As we begin 2012 we remain committed to being fiscally responsible. We have voted a balanced budget and continue to bring our expenses in line with our income. Thanks again for your faithfulness!

Circle of Giving
We are all participating in what I call the ‘circle of giving’.

Everything comes from God and God gives us everything we need. As we receive His blessings, we, in turn, give to His church financially through returning His tithe and giving offerings.

These funds are collected and distributed to support ministry both locally and throughout the world. During the year, as we work together as members in ministry, many individuals will have an opportunity to hear the Good News of the Gospel and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. As they join our church, they too have the opportunity to participate in the returning of God’s tithe and the giving of offerings as they join us in the blessing of supporting the Lord’s work. And thus the cycle begins again.

The ‘circle of giving’ continues from generation to generation. Let me illustrate. One day I was given numerous evangelistic brochures. As a result, I attended a full six-week series of evangelistic meetings. I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior and was baptized. My point is this: I received evangelistic brochures that someone paid for; I parked my car in a parking lot and walked into a church that others paid for, the church had lights on and other utilities that others paid for; and I heard the Good News of the Gospel, from a salaried Seventh-day Adventist minister.

In other words, those who were faithful in the returning of their tithes and giving offerings made it possible for me to hear the everlasting Gospel and to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. They gave thousands of dollars, but to me it was priceless!

The pictures you see are people celebrating a new life in Jesus Christ. They had the opportunity to hear the Gospel because of you; because you were faithful in the returning of your tithe and giving offerings.

But these pictures could just as well be of you and your family. Think back to how you first heard the Gospel message. Others were faithfully returning their tithe and giving offerings so you could hear the Good News! You see, we are all part of the ‘circle of giving’. What a rich legacy to participate in and to pass on to our children.