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Abide in Christ Letter General

Abide in Christ Letter General

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Published by: Jody+ on Nov 25, 2011
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Dear Friends,Last year the theme of our stewardship campaign was
Abounding Grace.
I believe thatthis theme carried over in a number ways in the life of our congregation and that wehave truly experienced God
s abundant grace in the life of this community. Inconsidering possible themes for this year
s campaign, it occurred to me that anappropriate theme would be one that built upon our understanding of God
s abundantgrace as ever present with us, while expanding our reflection on what this grace makespossible.With this in mind the idea of
Abiding in Christ
seemed appropriate. In times ofhardship and tragedy our dependence upon Christ and our need to find our strength inGod becomes apparent. But while our dependence upon God may be keenly felt atsuch times, this is only a revelation of our constant state of dependence, and our call toabide with and to be thankful to God.Every day I read statistics that highlight the financial difficulties that many in ourcommunities face. More importantly, I frequently hear from people in our community orcongregation who are facing trying times. In the midst of what could easily be a bleaktime, I am continually encouraged by the number of people who are recognizing theirdependence upon God and who are learning every day to appreciate the blessings theyhave, especially the priceless blessings of family, friends and honest work (whether thatwork is at a job or in caring for one
s family).Day in and day out I find reasons to give thanks for the generosity of God
s people, inparticular, the people of St. Joseph of Arimathea. This congregation has displayedgenerosity in so many ways over the past year, and people have spread the blessingsGod has given in ways large and small in this community and beyond. Because of yourgenerosity we have been able to focus on developing the ministries and outreach of thiscongregation, and God willing, this focus will only grow in 2012.As I wrote last year, the community of St. Joseph of Arimathea is included among God
sblessings to us. It is the time of the year when we consider the call to be good stewardsof this blessing. While this is an endeavor to ascertain support for the ongoing
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103 Country Club Dr. Hendersonville, TN 37075
T: 615-824-2910 | F: 615-824-3135 | stjosephofarimathea.org

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