Crossing family, this month is Pastor Appreciation month! The Bible directs us in 1 Timothy 5:17 “Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.”
We believe that our Lead Pastors Greg & Tamara are worthy of double honor so let’s overwhelm them with appreciation always, but this month let’s make an extra effort to honor them. We have included a list to give some ideas on how to do this. The list is not exhaustive but could help guide us as we seek to let our lead pastors know how much we appreciate them.
There will be baskets in the lobby during weekends of October 14/15, 21/22, and 28/29 at both campuses to collect appreciation cards and gifts for Pastor Greg and Tamara.
Ideas of appreciation
- Pray for them and let them know how and what you are praying verbally or in writing.
- Give them a card or other gesture describing how much they mean to you and your family….Scripture/Prayer.
- Give them a gift card – Starbucks, Movies, Restaurant-Dinner Out, Walmart, Visa Gift Card
- Give a monetary gift representing what they mean to you and your family. (We do request that if you give a monetary gift that it would be made out directly to the pastor. Also, if giving a monetary gift to any other pastor than our Lead Pastors, please first communicate to one of our Executive Team, Pastor Curtis Boozer or Pastor Jonas Alday.)
We want you to remember in giving a gift that it is not about the amount but the heart behind it. Remember the story of Jesus watching people give. He saw people with abundance giving a portion, then a widow with a few pennies walked up and gave. Jesus turned to his disciples and said that she had given more than anyone else because she gave all she had. So as we honor our pastors I encourage you to pray to the Lord and ask Him what you should give.
Hebrews 13:7 (MSG)
Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all.
2 Corinthians 9:6-15 (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
9 As it is written: "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
11 You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.
15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!