Members of Millcreek Church,

I had a small list of subjects I wanted to inquire about at the Council meeting on December 1, one of which was the procedure for responding to bad weather and possibly cancelling Sunday School and worship on a given Sunday. As it turned out, Karl and I spoke on Saturday evening, November 30, and Sunday morning, December 1, when the weather was looking threatening, on that very subject. I thereby learned the procedure, and crossed it off my list.

But it did bring to mind a subject very near and dear to me that is related to possible cancellations. The subject is stewardship. Many people react to that word thinking that it's only asking for money. But that's not my take on it.

What you determine you give to the Church is a personal matter, but not an entirely private one. It involves, or should involve, an honest assessment of your financial situation, and a prayerful discernment of how much you will give to God through Millcreek Church. It is a commitment, an understanding between you and God of what will be your part in any given year in supporting both Millcreek Church, and the wider Church, including the Lower Susquehanna Synod (LSS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We are all members of all three of those expressions of the Church, and responsible for giving back to God a portion of what he has given and is giving to you. So what you place in the offering plate each Sunday is a tangible expression of a spiritual reality: your relationship with God.

People sometimes forget this truth when they miss a Sunday and don't get to put anything in the offering plate. But the needs of the local, regional and national Church go on, just as God continues to shower us with His blessings and grace. Falling behind can make it very difficult to catch up. So if you miss a Sunday, for whatever reason, make it up as quickly as you can. Everyone, including you, is better off if you do.

Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jetto+