“When I occasionally watch the HGTV shows, people are asked to name the top five things they are looking for in a new home. If I needed to move to a new community, one of my top priorities would be a faith community that aligns with my theology. Lucky me, I have Oasis United in my life!
“This faith community is so important to me that I want to contribute to helping it grow. Mentors over the years have helped me learn how to give of my time, talent, and money.
“As a twenty-something, and newly married, I remember asking someone at the church for some guidelines on how to decide how much money Ron and I should contribute to the church. Over the years I sought out other mentors to help me continue learning.
“For example, years ago I was introduced to the idea of getting a life insurance policy with the church as the beneficiary. The premiums become a yearly charitable gift. I liked the idea so much that when we became Oasis United Church, I took out a policy. When I die, whenever that is, the church will get $50,000 to continue its ministry. I want to be a part of this church’s present and future.
“Other mentors talked about splitting their donation to the church half going to local expenses and half to the larger church through the Mission and Service fund.
“This church is an essential part of my life. Like my other monthly financial commitments that come out of our bank account, such as internet, gas, electricity, and phone, Ron and I have a monthly amount that goes automatically to Oasis through our PAR contribution (that’s Pre-Authorized Remittance).
“Being part of the Stewardship and Finance Committee is a passion for me. It is one way I share my time and talent as I work with a team to help others learn more about giving. And one of the parts of this committee that I especially love is finding ways to thank people for contributing to the ministry and mission of our church. Gratitude and giving they really go together for me!
“Why do I give? The short answer is that I feel richly blessed by God’s abundance in my life.”
The above was read out to us by its author, Barb, during Pause for Passion October 23, 2016. Barb’s words really resonated for me. As a person who relocates regularly, I’ve discovered the great value of locating a community of shared belief, support, and practice. And although I am unchurched, Oasis is indeed as much an essential part of my life as internet and hydro are. I was grateful for Barb’s thoughts last October…and was inspired to become a regular donor for the first time in my life, too!