Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Giving & Receiving

I've been asked two primary questions over the last couple of days. First, "Did you have a good Christmas?" Second, "What did you get? What did Santa bring you? Was Santa good to you this year?"
Most people don't seem to pay much attention to the response to the first question. We just expect to hear, "Yes, it was great." And even if it wasn't all that great, we don't tell anyone, right? However the answer to the second question brings the liveliest of discussions.
We like sharing with others about what we received. And it's quite interesting to hear about what others might have gotten during their Christmas exchanges. Great joy and exuberance displays itself in the body language and facial communication, not to mention the words of those who are excited over what they received.

As we're about to close the year out at The Crossing, I wish you could see the great excitement and joy I'm experiencing over what we, The Crossing, have been given over this past year. In particular, the giving of your financial resources! Your dollars, given generously, make a HUGE difference in the lives of SO many. The stories of impact of people in our church, community and world many times go unheard and unseen, but believe me, it's BIG!
As we close out the year, I want to remind you that if you are planning to give a year end financial gift and have it "count" for the 2010 tax year, you must either give online (use this link) or send in your contribution so that it's postmarked on or before December 31. Thanks so much.
I'm looking forward to the new year. As a church we will be experiencing so many new opportunities. It promises to be another big year to make the name of Jesus famous!

Happy New Year,
Tim Celek
Lead Pastor
The Crossing