I'm sure that most of you have set up and knocked down dominos at one time or another. A simple search online will lead you to numerous elaborate and complicated patterns that people have created with hours of planning and careful set up. When the preparation is finally complete, one tile quickly leads to all of them falling.
Playing with dominos may entertain, but the same sequence of falling tiles is seen in how thoughts lead to temptation - which lead to mulling over the temptation - which leads to action - which leads to sin - which leads to consequences including spiritual separation from God. It can seem like an inevitable trajectory.
But there's hope if we turn to God and make use of the resources he's provided for us. This Sunday we'll be looking at James 1:12-18 and how Faith Works in Temptation. I hope you'll be able to join us.
Giving and Ministry
Our Church Council has been brainstorming at our monthly meetings about how we could bless our community in new and creative ways. Many of you participated in one of those ways as we raised money to support the Elementary School's reading program by paying for the reward trip to Slide Waters in Chelan for those students who reached the reading goal. We're also looking toward a special Sunday of serving in August. Expanding ministry provides increased opportunities for pointing people towards Jesus.
Unfortunately, our church income has been less than normal over the past few months. Although our spending has been less than our approved budget, we've still come up short in meeting expenses. As a result, we've needed to dip into our church savings to make up the difference. If this pattern continues, our reserve funds will be gone before long. It will certainly impact the ministries we'll be able to add and will probably force us to cut back on some of our current ministry.
If you haven't been in the habit of giving to CCC, I'd like to encourage you to consider starting. For those of you who are regular givers, will you consider if God may be prodding you to increase your giving? We can only do ministry that we can fund through the money we receive.
If it would be more convenient, you can give through our church website or by clicking on this link
You can also download the Pushpay app to give using your phone by following this link
Thanks for your prayers as we make budgetary decisions.
Thoughts about living as a Jesus follower and life at Community Covenant Church