Culture of Generosity could mean: Kindness + Big-heartedness + Open-handedness + Liberality + Bounteousness + Charity + Munificence
She was a member of my first church-St. Andrew United Methodist Church. Her name was Alice Newman. She showed me what my goal should be in my financial gifts to the church. I do not know if Alice was a school teacher, social worker, or “home-maker” or if she retired from any arena outside her home. She had one daughter.
I do know that she taught an adult Sunday School class. She often wore the same dress and knitted scarf and head covering most Sundays. I can see her face and smile as a treasured memory. She gave me my first pellet gun to help me keep the “huge” neighborhood dog at bay in the church parking lot.
I know of the amount of the check because I saw the check on the finance secretary’s desk. One time only. However, I never forgot the amount: $32.50. [I tend to round my checks to the nearest dollar, as most of us do.] Alice’s check was an odd amount.
I visited Alice one day at her home. No lights were on except for the one bulb over her recliner to read. Her dog had many years on her, but did not move from her side. I wanted to visit her since she fell “under the weather for a spell.” Her life and lifestyle was simple with essentials. I remember the books on invertebrates that she gave me that I had for many years. She remembered my love for science.
Alice’s gift was her tithe to the church. I am sure that it was 10% from what she received in her Social Security check that arrived in the mailbox at the first of the month. [Remember those days? Times have changed.] Alice’s gift to the church always reminded me of what my personal financial goal to the church should be. With prayer, planning and effort financial gifts to the church happens.
There are many Alice Newman’s in our church today. There are many who are stepping-up, little-by-little, to that financial place of peace. All financial gifts to the church make a difference. All. Thank you church for your generosity. Everyone’s efforts help make disciples of Jesus Christ to the community and world. This cannot happen without your financial gifts. Again, thank you.
Blessings from Duncanville,
…for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…Matthew 25:35 (NRSV)