In his message for the first Sunday of Advent, Mark Mikel talked about the how and why of our giving in light of 2 Corinthians 9:6-8. We can give time, money, and ourselves. We give because God instructs us to give, so that others can benefit from our generosity, so that God can be glorified and honored, and so that we can learn more about the spiritual journey God calls us to take.
We have four giving projects going on at the church this Advent season: care bags for shut-ins from our church (the children are working on these during Christmas program rehearsals), toys, clothing, and personal items for two families in the WaNee community, 10 cleaning supply baskets for families through the Salvation Army's program, and 50 health kits for UMCOR. There are other excellet giving opportunities out there for Christmas and beyond. Find a cause you can get behind and give. Find a level of giving that makes you question whether or not you can afford it. Find the meaningbehind the giving you do and follow that path toward spiritual fulfillment
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.