On Sunday, February 16, the Accountability Committee members kicked off Imani MCC’s Power Pledge Initiative for 2020. The goal of Imani MCC’s 2020 Power Pledge is to challenge the membership and regular attendees to be faithful, committed, and accountable in their giving, i.e.
leading the church to give more to better meet the needs of the 2020 Austerity Budget.
Giving is an expression of our thankfulness and praise to God. It comes from a heart of worship that recognizes everything we have and give already belongs to the Lord. We all can learn to be a cheerful giver by studying the greatest giver this world has ever known - Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
You cannot out give God because he is the Great Giver. So since we cannot out give him the 2020 Power Pledge initiative is a challenge to pray and meditate to determine what we can give knowing that our Lord will take care of the rest.
As the Apostle Paul stated, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). When we give generously and with a willing heart, God assures us He will watch over us and provide for us (Isaiah 58:9; Psalm 41:1-3; Proverbs 22:9; 2 Corinthians 9:8, 11). And we need to remember that it’s not just our treasure that we are to cheerfully give back to God.
As King David pointed out, everything we have is from God (1 Chronicles 29:14), and this includes our talents and our time as well. Any gifts we have are also from Him; therefore, “each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10).
Normally, God does not invite his people to test him, but in our giving, God challenges us to prove that He means what He says. He dares us to test Him to see whether or not His promise is true. Malachi 3:10 provides “Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
The Committee distributed to the congregation pledge cards for individuals/households to complete over the week of February 17. As you see from the attached pledge card we are asking our members, regular attendees, and other interested community members to join us to make a commitment for purposeful giving to Imani, MCC indicating as follows:
- Total amount of pledge (for the year)
- Installment plan for completing pledge (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, and one-time gifts)
- How you best be encouraged and held accountable if you miss a milestone (e.g., a phone call, text, letter)
We ask that cards be completed and brought to the service this Sunday, February 23, 2020. If anyone is unable to attend the February 23 worship service and wants to participate, please contact Yvonne Ricci to coordinate submitting your pledge card. (Yvonne will pick it up from you if needed). Also, if there are others you know that may want to contribute, you can contact Yvonne and she can get them a pledge card. Yvonne’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org