We’re in the middle of a fall “missions emphasis” time at LifePoint. One of our core values as a church is “Engaging Mission,” so this certainly isn’t an “annual” missions emphasis, as if the rest of the year is lived without a mind on mission. This is simply a time where we look back over 2012 and look forward to 2013, raise awareness of our current projects and missionaries locally and globally, and receive our “mission’s pledges” for 2013.
A word about “missions pledges:”
We financially support 60 missionaries and missions organizations on a monthly basis, and we work with dozens more to advance the mission of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our culture. We ask that those who call LPC home would consider a monthly financial pledge specifically designated toward missions. These pledges combine to make up our “missions fund” which is 100% designated and distributed to missions and outreach. We will give nearly $100,000 to missions this year as a church, and we want to continue to grow our partnerships with people and organizations that are doing kingdom work in our community and around the world.
We have begun our budget process for 2013, and we want to begin our church budgeting with a focus on what we are going to give next year. It is for this reason that we are asking that we get our mission’s pledges turned in by this Sunday night, November 11. We have a Mission’s Banquet this Sunday evening at 5:30pm at LPC that you won’t want to miss, and you can turn your pledges in morning or evening that day. The theme for our Mission’s Banquet is “Why He Came…” taken from last week’s passage from Mark’s gospel (Mark 1:38).
We are also unveiling our new “mission’s wall” right in the middle of our lobby this weekend, so come Sunday to check it out. Here’s a picture of the newly finished LPC mission’s wall: