– Romans 12:2
Welcome to the first of three New Year’s celebrated at St. Luke’s.
January 1st – Happy Societal New Year! As much as we would like to live out Paul’s statement, we need to conform in sharing our tithes and offerings. It is the start of a new tax year, thus December 31 becomes the deadline for making a year-end contribution. You can drop it off at the office by 4:30 PM, Thursday, December 30, or mail it with a postmark of December 31.
One of my New Year’s resolutions I make is increasing my annual gift to St. Luke’s. In addition I also make a year-end gift. I would invite you to prayerfully consider joining me.
- Make an additional Year-end gift; maybe a 13th month or 53rd week offering.
- And with the close of the tax year, consider a gift of stock. Stewardship Member Mick Thorsland wrote a blog early this year describing the benefits of doing so> (https://www.stlukesbloomington.org/blog/stewardship)
November 27– Happy Church New Year! The Church Seasons begins with Advent, the four Sundays prior to Christmas. We hear the story again for the first time. It begins listening to the prophets announcing the messiah. We then walk through the life of Jesus beginning with his birth on Christmas Day through his resurrection on Easter morning.
A New Year’s Resolution for me is to read through the Gospel of John. Prayerfully consider joining me. Simply by attending church every Sunday, between January 2 – February 20, you will have not missed a verse. The will be daily readings and a weekly study available on Wednesday nights from 6-7 pm. If you would like to be a part of a small group determining a day and time that works best for you, simply contact the church firstname.lastname@example.org / 952-881-5801 or me.
May you be transformed in the year ahead celebrating not only the New Years, but each and every New Day renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Blessings to you and yours in the New Year, Rob