Pastor's Note
A Message from Reverend, Dawn Freese, Senior Pastor

2 Chronicles 16:9 – "For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him."

In September of 2019 a Stewardship Letter was sent out to all the members of the Our Savior United Methodist Church. In that letter it was necessary to notify all of you that we would be experiencing an estimated shortfall of $25,155.86 if giving continued at the rate in which it was going. I am over the top excited that I get to report to you that as of December 31, 2019 we reached 97% of that estimated shortfall amount. And with that I say THANK YOU-THANK YOU-THANK YOU! WE DID IT! Folks, I am so encouraged by this act of devotion from each one of you. What it shows me is that you really do care about your church; that it really does matter to you that we are here, present, in this community to fulfill a purpose and a mission that Jesus Christ has placed before us.

What is that purpose and mission? It is given to us in the two greatest commandments that are found in Matthew 22:36-40 where we hear the disciples asking Jesus, 36 "Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?" 37 Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.'[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments."

The sacrifice that you demonstrated with your financial gifts and your support, clearly says that you love God and your neighbor, and that you are determined, with me, to go out into all the world and make disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

God is looking for people whose heart is fully His and are loyal to Him. If we are faithful to God, He will show Himself strong toward us in all we do.

WE DID IT! This is what I am over the top about. I believe we faithfully included God in our problem solving process with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, and our service. From 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 it says, "The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver."

May you each be richly blessed in 2020 because of your willingness to give sacrificially to God and the work of this OSUM CHURCH!

Will you join me in 2020, by making it a year where we continue come together as the body of Christ, in search of a deeper more intimate relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May we have the desire to grow our faith and all the while remain loyal and faithful to an awesome and Holy God.

Onward Christian Soldiers!
Your Grateful Pastor, Dawn
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