“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” –Colossians 3:14
Dear SPUMC Family:
One of my lasting memories from the church I grew up in is that on the first Sunday of every month at the end of Communion, the congregation would stand, reach across the center aisle, join hands one with another, and sing the first verse of “Blest Be the Tie That Binds” (#577 in the UM Hymnal). Some months, you may have held the hand of a family member next to you, or a visitor to church that day, or an older person, or a young child. There was a strong sense of community and relationship in joining hands and often swaying a bit back and forth as we sang, “Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love; the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.” Then, it seemed that we naturally gave a squeeze to each other’s hand at the end of the song. That tradition at the end of Communion in that church still holds today.
In 2021, we are in our second year of our four-year Plan of Ministry of G.R.O.W., which is Relationships. In 2020, we shared our year of Gratitude. As we move into 2022, the focus will be on Our Story, and in 2023, our focus will be Worship.
A big part of our story is how, in gratitude, we live in relationship with God and one another. During the month of October, our stewardship theme will be Blest Be the Ties that Bind Us. Beginning on World Communion Sunday, October 3, and culminating on All-Saints Sunday, October 31, we will hear about the many ways our ties bind us to the people and ministries of the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church.
The ties that bind us as the Body of Christ are strong within our church and in our community. We hope you will read the pages of the enclosed narrative budget brochure that will give you a look into the stewardship commitment needed for 2022. Near the end of October, you will receive another mailing asking you to prayerfully consider how you will invest in strengthening the ties that bind us to SPUMC.
Bless you as you prayerfully consider your investment in the people and ministries that bind us in love to our faith community.
Rev. Jenny Arneson
SPUMC Stewardship Team: Sarah Bolen, Lisa Wink, Barb Nelson, Erlene Delano