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Giving in Worship
Why do you give to Kingswood?
I grew up in India witnessing poverty and lack of basic needs for many people. I learned as a youngster that righteous living includes supporting others in need (which is also called Dharma). In addition to food and shelter, we have needs for forgiveness, love, companionship and so on. I know how much I need God and a church like Kingswood to sustain me in good and bad times. Everyone who listens to our choir, hears a sermon, or receives food from the pantry is blessed by God and leaves our premises with needs fulfilled. Everyone that hears others praying for them is rewarded with the feeling they are not in it alone. Honoring the LORD with my substance to me is to support his people and increase the awareness of God's presence among them.
- Jay Jayapalan
Sarah and I recently moved our family from Wheeling to Indianapolis, Indiana. It was not easy to make the decision to uproot and change but God has guided us and provided for us beyond what we had ever imagined. I know we all experience these difficult life decisions, and oftentimes it can feel like we're giving something up, or walking away from something that we want. But in reality, a new situation or change in our lives can give us the freedom to be more focused on God's plan for us. With our reduced mortgage payment, Sarah and I are now able to give joyously and have set our family up to live a mission-filled and Christ-centered lifestyle. We continue to give to Kingswood and Transformational Journeys, because through giving and serving, we're able to truly experience God's love.
- Brian & Sarah Witzig
When I divorced 2 years after joining Kingswood I was unable to continue giving at the levels I had in previous years. The financial and emotional stress of the divorce was overwhelming. I felt guilty that at the time I needed emotional support from Kingswood the most, was also the time I was drastically cutting back my giving. As my financial situation improved over the years, I have ensured that my financial stewardship commitment increased as well. Not only by my financial commitment but also by signing up for electronic giving. Besides the convenience, it insures I never get behind in my giving when I go on vacation or business travel. As I reflect on those who struggle in our community, I am grateful that today I have the financial means to give to a church who is committed to serving those who are less fortunate.
- Debbi Lewis
A parable is a story Jesus often used to teach a lesson. What is this parable saying to us? Parables can sometimes be hard. I'm reading this as a call to preparation. The five bridesmaids who had prepared properly by bringing oil with them were prepared for the delay in the bridegroom's arrival. The five "foolish" ones did not prepare, and when he ultimately arrived they were out covering for their error. We can't know the future - we can't know the timing of events, so we need to prepare and have resources ready. Likewise, as a church we can't know what might come, but if we have planned and placed the church on a sound footing, we'll be able to face whatever happens. Being prepared helps us serve others in mission and ministry in the name of Christ! Let us earn, save, and give all we can to be prepared for where we are called.
- John Stryker
Why do you value giving?
We value the importance of sharing our time and resources above our needs through giving. We hope to have the ability to make giving and service a priority throughout our entire lives, since it is what brought us together in the first place.