Over the past three years, we’ve all encountered supply chain and labor shortage issues in a variety of ways.
Now these issues have come to church!
We recently received notification from the company that processes and mails our personalized offering envelopes that due to supply chain issues and personnel shortages, they are unable to provide offering envelopes for January and February but hope to be back on schedule in March.
So, here’s what we recommend in the meantime:
- First, consider giving online. Many have already made this transition. You may make one-time gifts and set up recurring giving through our website or by using the Ingleside app. My wife, Beverly, and I made this transition a few years ago, and I encourage you to do the same.
- Second, if you want to continue envelope giving, generic offering envelopes are available for pickup at the church office during the week or at the welcome desk in the Gathering Area on Sundays.
- Third, even without an offering envelope, you may simply denote your envelope number in the memo section of your check when you mail it to the church. We will ensure that it gets processed appropriately.
A Matter of the Heart, Not of the How
When we stopped passing the plate in our Sunday worship services 25 years ago, some thought it would have an immediate and deleterious effect on our giving. But it did not.
What we learned back then and know now is that generous giving for a fully-devoted follower of Christ is a matter of the heart, not of the how.
When it is your heart’s desire to please the Lord by generous giving to your local church, you will figure out how to get it done.
Excelling in the grace of giving (cf. 2 Cor.8:7) is a matter of joyful obedience to Christ; it’s not about a particular method of giving.
So I’m sorry that the supply chain has disrupted some of our customary patterns, but I’m counting on you to continue to be a generous giver – for the good of the church and the glory of God!
Your Pastor and Friend,