(Shown is Pastor Doug ((our Interim Pastor)) and his wife, Elaine. Pastor is serving Bethlehem Lutheran Church and First Presbyterian Church of Florence- he has been there 29 years. He is serving as Secretary of the Northern Great Lakes Synod and serves on the Synod Council and Synod Council Executive Committee. This is the sixth time he has served congregations as their Interim Pastor.
He is the Chief Deputy Coroner of Florence County and serves as Chair of the Florence County Emergency Planning Committee. He recently retired from 23 years as an EMT on the Florence Rescue Squad.
Pastor Doug and Elaine have been married 12 years. Pastor Doug enjoys reading novels, traveling, working in his yard, and being with his famiy.
Pastor Doug is committed to making sure every Thursday and Sunday we will have someone leading our service while we continue our search towards a permanent pastor. He will also take care of funerals and weddings and assist the church council.)
Friends in Christ:
Over recent years, studies done about people’s health have continued to show that health, including physical health, is connected with generosity. Did you know that the word “misery” comes from the word “miser”? To think you can only trust yourself, that you are the only one who counts; to hold on to everything you have is to invite unhappiness, loneliness, and anxiety. (Remember Mr. Scrooge of Christmas time fame?) But heart surgeon Dr. James Lynch writes that companionship is the best form of life insurance. Hans Selye, the pioneer researcher into stress notes that gratitude enhances the immune system. Giving thanks is life affirming. Giving thanks improves your health.
All of us have much to be thankful for. As Christians we know that we are chiefly thankful to God. For God has given to each of us all that we are and all that we have.
There are many ways for us to give God our thanks. One of those ways is through the giving of financial gifts to God for the work of God’s church. The Bible teaches at least three things about the giving of financial gifts to God. One, we should give God our very best. We should give God first before we give to anything else. This is called first-fruits giving. Second, we should give consistently, that is regularly -- weekly, monthly, what ever works for you. And third, we should give proportionately, that is we give a percentage back to God of what we have received -- 2%, or 5%, or even 10% as the Bible suggests. I know that not all of us are able to give 10% and some of us are able to give more than 10%.
It is a privilege to give to God and to the work of God’s church. I invite you this month as you give thanks to God to think about the financial gifts you give to God. Do you give your best, on a regular basis as a percentage of what you have received? Can you grow your giving by at least 1% next year? Pray about how you will say thank you to God.
I also want to thank each of you for the many ways that you have shared your blessings and supported the ministry of Grace church in the past. Because of your compassionate giving and caring support the ministry of God’s church has been carried out. But there is so much more to do.
May God be with you and create within you a thankful and giving heart.
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Home Phone: 715-528-4458
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 535, Florence, WI 54121