“If your heart is as mine, give me your hand.” - John Wesley
Hearts & Hands Together
The Boys in the Boat tells the story of nine young men from the University of Washington who formed a crew team that upset the elite rowers of the Ivy League. They went on to defeat Adolf Hitler's German team of rowers to win a gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Their entire strategy depended on teamwork. The author, David James Brown, describes the teamwork involved in crew:
There is a thing that sometimes happens in rowing that is hard to achieve and hard to define...it's called "swing." It only happens when all eight oarsmen are rowing in such perfect unison that no single action by any one is out of sync with those of all the others.…Sixteen arms must begin to pull, sixteen knees must begin to fold and unfold, eight bodies must begin to slide forward and backward, eight backs must bend and straighten all at once. Each minute action—each subtle turning of wrists—must be mirrored exactly by each oarsman, from one end of the boat to the other. Only then will the boat continue to run, unchecked, fluidly and gracefully between pulls of the oars. Only then will it feel as if the boat is a part of each of them, moving as if on its own. Only then does pain entirely give way to exultation. Rowing then becomes a kind of perfect language. Poetry, that's what a good swing feels like.
When God's people join hearts and hands in prayer and worship and study and service and generosity, great things can be accomplished. The mission of Christ moves forward like poetry in motion. And so we say to one and to all, "If your heart is as mine, give me your hand."
Keep the faith,
The pledge reflects a commitment to give during the 2019 year. Just like every family, our church family must estimate its annual income so that we can create a ministry budget. To have an accurate account, we invite everyone to complete a pledge card. If you need to adjust your giving during the year, we are happy to help you.
Fulfilling Your Pledge
There are three ways to give: in the offering plate on Sunday mornings, by mail, or online. Whether making a one-time offering or setting up a recurring schedule, our gifts are a humble expression of thanksgiving and a physical declaration of our faith as we learn to trust God in all things.