First Dibs

Yesterday morning at ACC we received a great challenge from James and Jana Gunn. They took about 20 minutes to teach us what God has been teaching them about the spiritual discipline of giving. Good stuff!

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One principle that both James and Jana emphasized was that God should get “first dibs”. It is the idea that God gets paid first – before our electric bill, phone bill or mortgage; before going out to eat or buying a new iPad. The first check written is to our home church and everything else comes after that.

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Is that hard? Is that a step of faith? It is. Yet it is within that type of obedience and faith that God generously provides for our needs and blesses both us and our church.

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You have probably noticed – great things are happening at ACC: growing attendance – so many new families, 4 mission teams sent out in the last 9 months and lives being changed by the good news of Jesus Christ. It is all very encouraging and exciting!

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This is exactly why we do not want money to get in the way of ministry. We want to move full steam, ahead – to take advantage of every opportunity and impact our community for Christ. We are all challenged to do all that we can – and then a little more!

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I shared some of the following facts:

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•?Last fiscal year’s target offering: $7,700 per week
?•?We had to reduce our budget to: $7,150 per week
?•?What we actually received: $7,000

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It doesn’t take a CPA to see we ended in the red.

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Now for this year:
?•?This fiscal year’s target offering: $8,100

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Our current reality:
?•?Average weekly offering per giving unit: $42.50 per week or $170 per month.

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What this means:
?•?We need each giving unit to increase their normal monthly giving by $20 per month.

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God can and will provide – through his people. Please join me in praying that money will never get in the way of doing ministry at ACC!

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Peace,
?Dave

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