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“The Christian Wallet: A Generosity Emphasis”

October 13 – November 10, 2019
As everyone knows, when asked what the “Greatest Commandment” was Jesus answered by saying, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your wallet”
(Mark 12:30).
That last word – “wallet” – may strike you as odd.  It’s not the usual translation you see of the word in the Greek text (ischus), which is usually rendered as “strength”.  But when you look in the Greek dictionary you find the word has as its first translation “ability”.  The “Greatest Commandment” then, involves loving God to the very best of your ability.
Another key Greek word in this verse is agape’, one of the Greek words for “love”.  Typically, it is used only to characterize God’s love for us, love which is unconditional, and which involves self-giving, vulnerability and sacrifice.  God’s love for us in Jesus is nowhere better described than in the words of Phil. 2:5-11, which tells us how Jesus spent himself in order to become our Savior.  The “Greatest Commandment”, Jesus says, involves our returning this same kind of love to God, making everything which is ours in this life – including our wallets – “expendable”.
Needless to say, this is quite a challenge.  In the sermon yesterday – the first of four based on the Mike Slaughter book, The Christian Wallet – I tried to help us envision what it would mean if we could think of our financial giving as a part of the life and mission of the Church as central to our lives as a whole.  One way to approach this challenge is the incredibly old-fashioned Christian discipline of tithing, or setting apart 1/10 of your income and making it the basis (the “floor”, by the way, not the “ceiling) of your giving.  The “best practice” is to give your tithe right “off the top”, the first thing you do after your paycheck is deposited.  This discipline is, however, a challenge in itself, one that Sarah and I don’t always meet!
I trust that our “Generosity Emphasis” over the coming weeks will help us all look upon our lives as disciples of Jesus, and look upon our wallets (and purses!), in a new and liberating way.  Practicing generosity feels good!  More importantly, it also reflects God’s love for us and – through us – into the lives of others.  Make God make us able.



Sunday, November 10

Will be our 2019 “Commitment Sunday”

Shared Worship 10:00 AM

Celebration Sunday Dinner Following

Church Financials
YTD September 2019
   Category   Dollars % Tot
Gifts, Interest/Other $397,543 87%
Veritas $58,206 13%
  Total Income $455,749 100%
Staff/Office Exp $240,004 50%
Trustees $160,131 34%
Apport/Ministries $76,730 16%
  Total Expense $476,865 100%
  Better/(Worse) ($21,116)  
  • Our Gift giving is slightly behind the Budget. But with Interest/Other on Budget
  • Veritas income includes Rent & a utility reimbursement of $18K
  • Total Expenses are favorable to budget
  • For 2019, we anticipate that Income with Veritas and expense will align closely at year-end
Planning for Your Legacy with a Future Gift
There are several ways you can make a gift to St. Matthew in the future: 
Bequests in your will are a simple way to name St. Matthew as the recipient of a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate.  If you don’t already have a will, please consider writing one for the benefit of your family and entire estate.  
Life Insurance Policies allow you to name your beneficiary and you can choose St. Matthew as either the sole beneficiary or a partial beneficiary.  Life insurance can multiply the value of your gift.
Retirement Funds, like IRAs and 401ks, have named beneficiaries and you can name St. Matthew as a sole or partial beneficiary.  Those funds aren’t subject to taxes when distributed to a non-profit.
Questions, please contact Denise Sudderth.
Join us for Sunday school each Sunday at 10:00 am. 
There are classes for all ages! 
Novemberfest is here and you’re invited! You won’t want to miss our new fall adults-only social. Main course and desserts provided. Kindly RSVP to Jessica at 864-918-3747 or This is a great opportunity to invite guests and introduce them to your SMUMC friends!
        Thursday, October 17               
         Silver Bay Seafood House               
  916 NE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 
   Bus will leave church at 11:00 am
           Hostess:  Kathy Marrelli              
Sign up today.

Candy donations are needed for the Fall Festival. 
Please bring to the church office before October 20.
We need your assistance with our church directory update! Volunteers will host the photo sessions in the parlor, greeting families and getting them started with the process. It’s easy and probably even fun! Please consider helping out by signing up for a 90-minute slot. Thank you!
Church Directory Volunteer Sign Up
Top 10 Pumpkin Patch Perks (Say that 10 times!)
1. Watching families take pictures 
2. Reconnecting with community acquaintances
3. Handling a big pile of cash
4. Helping pumpkins find their new families 
5. Correctly guessing the price of a pumpkin before measuring it
6. Up-selling a big pumpkin by suggesting “accessories” (baby pumpkins)
7. Getting out of the house and breathing fresh air
8. Hearing “Y’all can keep the extra change!”
9. Promoting upcoming events like Fall Festival and basketball!
10. Giving back to my church family. 
created by Lynn Spicher
Pumpkin Patch Sign Up
Sunday,October 20 in the gym
3:00-5:00 pm


 Please help us by signing up to work a 30 minute time slot at one of the booths. Thanks so much for your support of this fun family event!
Fall Festival Sign Up
Greeters help welcome our guests and members each Sunday at both worship services!  We see this as an important opportunity to meet visitors and hopefully connect them with our church.  Please sign up for as you are able.  
Greeters Sign Up
Clicking on this button will take you straight to our church calendar on the St. Matthew website.  This is the most current calendar of all scheduled events at St. Matthew UMC.
Church website calendar – click here

Fall Festival – Sunday, October 20

All Saints’ Day – November 3

Triune Mercy Center
– November 30

IHN – Dec 1-8th

DJJ Lunch
  December 13th

Women’s Retreat 2020 – Saturday, February 22, 2020

St. Matthew in the Mountains – March 27-29, 2020

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