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Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - 2-19-18 Devotion

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“And the Spirit immediately drove him (Jesus) out into the wilderness.” - Mark 1:12

"Immediately" is an oft used and interesting word in the Bible. Have you experienced a holy moment in your life only to find it immediately followed by an unanticipated trip to the wilderness? For pastors, services of commissioning and ordination are holy moments where our experience of God’s call is both physical and emotional. Soon thereafter is moving day when many are sent to a new charge. The first day in a new charge can be exhilarating. Sometimes, however, we immediately experience the wilderness when we discover that tough challenges await. Whether clergy or laity, Jesus reminds us to rejoice in our calling, but not to rest in it. There is much work to be done and He calls us to get to it immediately, even if it involves a trip to the wilderness!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: February 18th, 2018 | Permalink

The season of Lent

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The following "tip" is from the March 2018 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter which helps United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior, who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love.” – Zephaniah 3:17

The season of Lent
Lent is a time of self-examination and preparation for Christ's miraculous rebirth at Easter. It also is a good opportunity to think about stewardship and the financial needs of the church and other United Methodist causes close to your heart. What can you do to help support these missions? The Georgia United Methodist Foundation can help identify creative ways to meet your charitable goals. For more information, contact GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org or visit www.gumf.org.

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Posted: February 13th, 2018 | Permalink

Grace, gratitude and generosity

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The following "tip" is from the March 2018 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter which helps United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” – Colossians 3:17

Grace, gratitude, and generosity
Through God's grace, each of us has been blessed with a finite set of resources, but we have infinite choices for how to manage those resources. When thinking about God's grace in your life, consider all you have to be grateful for. Give thought to how you might express that gratitude through generosity in return. The church needs you - your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness - to fulfill its ministries. How can you take your stewardship of God's graces to the next level? For creative ideas on how you can give back, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org or visit www.gumf.org.

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Posted: February 13th, 2018 | Permalink

Support the church AND get income for life

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The following "tip" is from the March 2018 edition of Growing Generosity, a monthly newsletter which helps United Methodist churches develop a culture of generosity. Please feel free to use this tip in your church newsletter or bulletin, on your website, or in other communications. Sign up here to have Growing Generosity delivered right to your inbox!

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20

Support the church AND get income for life
If you are interested in making a significant gift to the church but have worries about funding your retirement, consider a deferred gift that offers income for life. Charitable trusts can provide the church or your favorite charity with a significant gift after your life and/or the life of your spouse. It is a great way to give an income producing asset, yet continue to receive a stream of income while fulfilling your desire to make a contribution to the church. For more information on how life income gifts could work for you, contact the Georgia United Methodist Foundation at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or info@gumf.org or visit www.gumf.org.

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Posted: February 13th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - 2-12-18 Devotion

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“And whenever you fast do not look dismal like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others they are fasting.” - Matthew 6:16

Fasting was not as big a deal in my house growing up as it was in the homes of some friends. Because my mother was from New Orleans, we celebrated Fat Tuesday as well as Ash Wednesday. We all knew giving up something like candy or ice cream for Lent was temporary. Still, a few friends refused to wash the cross of ashes from their foreheads and loudly lamented the hardship of giving up a favorite delight. Certainly, it is noble to truly sacrifice for one’s faith. Perhaps there is something else we should consider about giving up something for Lent. If our sacrifice involves real repentance and real reflection, we will likely discover that giving up something opens us up to receiving something much greater: the indwelling of the Holy Spirit!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development 
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: February 11th, 2018 | Permalink