Dear Farmers (Binkley members, friends and supporters),
It’s that time of year again- Harvest Time. A time of joy and celebration for the abundance God has given us. It’s also Binkley’s 60th anniversary where we are “honoring our past and building our future.” There are many ways we as a congregation have sown the seeds of God’s love, worked by giving of our time, finances and energy to produce successful crops. Hopefully this year’s stewardship theme of Planting, Cultivating & Harvesting will allow us a time to count our blessings, reflect on the past, envision Binkley’s future and consider ways we can support our goals throughout the coming year.
Mark 4:30-32 tells “The Parable of the Mustard Seed.” The smallest of seeds, when planted in the ground, will produce the greatest of all trees, growing branches and leaves for birds to nest. If we as farmers are planting the mustard seeds of stewardship, how can we use our resources of time, talent and treasure to ensure we are generously sowing our seeds, taking care to cultivate the growth of our goals so that we can reap a bountiful harvest? “…If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) Mustard seeds have amazing potential!
We kickoff our annual Stewardship Campaign, in which we solicit your financial support for the work and mission of Binkley Church, on October 28th. On that Sunday and ones that follow, you will hear from “farmers” who will share how “Planting, Cultivating and Harvesting” relates to Binkley’s ministry priorities. On November 4th, an information session on the Church’s 2019 Asking Budget will be held after church. Our traditional “Walk of Faith” will be on November 11th where you will be given the opportunity during the Sunday morning Worship Service to bring your 2019 pledge card forward to the Communion Table.
Yes, it’s Stewardship Time- a time to respond to Binkley’s mission for 2019 of “building a compassionate and joyful community, freely exploring spiritual paths and pursuing justice and peace in the way of Jesus.” Join us in planting, cultivating and harvesting with faithful generosity and a grateful heart.
The Binkley Stewardship Committee,
John Honor, Reid Morrison, Linda Hill-Wise, Mark Walters, Wayne Price, Fred Schroeder, Biruta Nielsen