December 26, 2013
Hey Whitewater Crossing Church Family! David Vaughan here. How was your Christmas? Like the year of 2013, it probably went by fast. Hope it was all you dreamed it would be.
As we approach the final days of 2013, my heart is overflowing with joy and gratitude for you and all God has done among us this year. In this season of gift giving, I know that many of us consider honoring God for the gift of His only Son with some special year-end gifts. As you reflect on this, simply ask yourself two short questions:
1. Have I fully honored God at a level that is commensurate with His blessings in my life this past year? Whether it’s salary, investment income, or bonuses, have I fully honored God with a full tithe? At the end of the year most people carefully evaluate and make resolutions with how they did physically – what about a financial check up to determine the ‘health of your wealth’ too?
2. And then ask God: “God, is there any additional giving that your Holy Spirit wants to lead me to do?” And if you are led to give something before year-end, we could really jump start our 2014 initiative to pay down our church mortgage debt and save the church thousands of dollars! Love to turbo this effort with some great year-end giving before New Year’s Day. Bring, mail, drop off, or E-give it right here. If you’d like to set up a profile and make your giving automatic, you can do that too. Donna and I did that a while ago, and we love it. It’s super-easy.
I often talk to other pastor friends about what’s happening in their church and every time I do, I am reminded again how blessed I am to be your pastor. God is really doing some awesome things in our church. Thousands are finding their story in God’s Story, and this Christmas season, I’m just proud to be a part of it.
I’m thankful that you’re a part of His story, too. I really do believe the best is yet to come, and 2014 is going to be an even greater adventure for Him!
So Merry Christmas and thanks for your financial support as we close out another great year of ministry at Whitewater. When you give, you don’t just keep the lights on at the building – you are contributing to something that’s bigger than all of us. You’re investing in changed lives who will be in heaven someday. No Christmas present you got yesterday can be any better than that!
Thanks for all the prayers and serving for our Lord on Christmas Eve too. It was a record breaking day for us. Attendance was 1752 for the three gatherings. We overflowed the overflow (Video Venue) room at the 3pm service, and that same room was full again at 5pm. Every single ministry team was fantastic. Offering total is over $28,000 and counting! (A new record too.) Can’t wait to see how many of our Christmas Eve guests return in 2014!
P.S. This coming weekend at all our worship gatherings, we are doing our annual question/answer experience called ‘Hey David!’ It is always fun and interesting. If you want to ask a question, just email it in to us or record a short video asking your question and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org. We might answer your question LIVE this coming weekend!