"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21
There is much to celebrate as we move into the fall at Berry. Next Sunday we will greet the fall with a hymnsing service followed by the blessing of the animals on the lawn. There will be treats for all creatures in attendance.
As we conclude our Season of Creation sermon series September 30, we will have a few more sessions led by our lay servants, Joy and Mark so please join the conversation as you are able. I have enjoyed reflecting on creation using the psalms to guide through this series considering practices that provide structure for living into what we value and care about.
The past two years we have seen growth in attendance of 8% in 2017 and 18% in 2018! This is after Berry experienced a 9% decrease in attendance overall for 2016, a year with leadership transitions. Your spirit of hospitality and generosity is a blessing to many.
At the close of August the Finance Team is pleased to report that our pledged giving is currently 104%. What a blessing to be part of a community of generosity! If you have not pledged this year, it is not too late. Please go onto our website and click on the top button, "Pledge Now."
One other thing to note, our Charge Conference is fast approaching (on October 9 at 7pm) and I believe one of the greatest blessings of being a United Methodist congregation is that our structure is a partnership of laity and clergy. Members of the church vote to determine every large decision of the church. If you are a regular attender who has not become a member and would like to, please contact me to learn more. We want your voice to be heard and counted!