Following an Advent calendar is one of my favorite Christas traditions. I’ll admit, in our house it is often just used as a countdown to Christmas (and presents!), but it is designed to be so much more. Advent is a season of hopeful anticipation for the coming of Christ!
We are often tempted to approach Christ's second arrival in the same way kids anticipate opening presents, but to live in anticipation is actually a vital part of our calling. As believers we are to faithfully anticipate the age to come by living it now! Because Jesus came announcing that the kingdom of God is near, we are to live in the realities of that kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven.
Each of us has the opportunity to bring restoration and renewal to God's kingdom through the generous offering of our financial resources. This year we have fallen behind in our giving as a congregation, but Advent is a great opportunity for us to catch up!
Please help us finish the year strong and prepare ourselves for an exciting year ahead by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to The Gateway Church. You can view your personal year-to-date contribution records by logging into Planning Center.
At Gateway, we do all we can to maintain the highest levels of integrity with the resources God gives us through the tithes and offerings of our people. Our approach to finances is simple: allocate heavily to ministry programming and outreach while keeping facility investments to a minimum and avoiding any kind of debt. All contributions go directly to funding the ministry initiatives of our church which, each week, affect the lives of hundreds of people.
Thank you so much for your faithfulness and generosity!