Where is Your Heart At?

As I have been planning the fall stewardship campaign, I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on Matthew chapter 6. In Matthew 6:21, Jesus said “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Every time I read this verse, I find myself doing a quick gut-check. If someone were to put together a list of everything I spend money on, what would it say about me and where my heart is at? I would hope that person would say that it is clear by the way I spend my money that my heart is with God. I would also hope it would show that as I have been growing in my faith journey, I have also been growing in generosity.

I know that I have a long way to go, but the season of stewardship allows me to not only reflect on how my generosity reflects my gratitude to all of the blessings God has given me, but also allows me to be intentional in my money and my time. This season allows me to trust in God and listen to how he will guide me to become more generous.

Matthew 6:24 goes on to say “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

It sure does seem like people serve money these days, doesn’t it? At work every week, small groups gather to do a 10 minute mindfulness meditation session. One week’s session centered around gratitude for the abundance we have in our life. At the end of the 10 minute session, my co-worker was in tears. “I worry so much about money that I don’t take the time to realize how blessed I am,” she said. If we spent more time with God, thanking Him for what we do have, we really would live a happier and more fulfilled life.

Matthew 6:25 says “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Verses 33:34 explain “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

This world thrives on the idea of scarcity, that there isn’t enough and we aren’t enough. Thankfully we have a God of abundance, who gives us everything we have, which is all we will ever need. He loves us unconditionally, enough that He sent his son to die for us.

So I ask you: Where is your treasure at? Where is your heart at? How will you use this year’s stewardship campaign as a way to be more intentional in reflecting your gratitude to all that God has given you?

Submitted by  Andrey Andison

A Note From Your Council President

“I think Holy Trinity is on the verge of something really great!”

This comment came up in a conversation I had last week with a few of the Holy Trinity staff – and I totally agree! I am very excited about all that is being planned for the upcoming months at Holy Trinity and I would like to thank everyone for their work – Pastor, the staff, the council, committee members, the congregation and most importantly, thanks to God!

I challenge each of you to get involved – try something new; invite your friends and neighbors; help with planning and implementation; suggest new ideas. God has gifted each one of us differently – it is essential that all members of the congregation bring their gifts to the table to completely fulfill Holy Trinity’s ministry. Our congregation is abundantly blessed by God!

Here is a glimpse of things that are in store for the coming months at Holy Trinity – these are in addition to the Men’s and Women’s Bible studies, Confirmation, Kids Jam, Choirs and other activities that are well established.

  • Homecoming, September 9 – The first Sunday after Labor Day has traditionally been a time when we start the new church year and rally to get everyone involved. It is also the day the Synod celebrates God’s Work, Our Hands. Our focus this year will be Homecoming – a time for all of us to reconnect, renew our faith and serve others.
  • Life of Faith Initiative, September 9 through October 21 – This initiative, implemented as part of our worship service, will help us shift our focus from what we do as the church gathered to what we do as the church scattered. We will begin by reflecting on the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer – “give us today our daily bread” – and what that means for us in our everyday lives. The following Sundays will examine the Ten Commandments and how we can take God’s Work, Our Hands beyond a Day of Service into living a Life of Faith.
  • Fellowship of Faith, starting September 16 after worship – EVERYONE (young, old, and everyone in between) is encouraged to come for coffee, juice, snacks and fellowship after worship every Sunday. See Dale’s Dabbles for more details.
  • Bible Study on Affirmation of Baptism, starting September 16, after Fellowship of Faith– See Dale’s Dabbles for more details.
  • Women’s Tea, September 8, 11 am-1 pm – The women of Holy Trinity will gather for fellowship and to make plans for the upcoming year. I hear there is talk about wanting to do more bible study! This would be a great opportunity to invite a friend to church with you.
  • Blessing of the Pets, October 6, 11 am-1 pm – A day for the community to bring their pets for a special blessing.
  • Trunk or Treat, October 27, 1-3 pm – A day of fun and trick-or-treating for children from Holy Trinity, United Faith, Tiny Tots, Randolph and the surrounding neighborhood.

Yours in Christ, Debbie