Oakley United Methodist Church
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Bringing Joy to God and Our Neighbors
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Church Finances


Our church needs $2874 each week to meet the budget.  In a recent “Pastor’s Page” in the newsletter, Pastor Vic addressed the need for proper tithing.  Several passages in the Bible suggest “one-tenth.”  Even in the very first Book of Genesis, we find scripture like this:


Jacob made a vow to God, “Of all that you

give me, I will give a full tenth to you.”



Some members have risen to the challenge for “proper tithing;” some have even exceeded 10%    and your church thanks you.  If we all do our part and return our fair share, then our church will continue to be vibrant and healthy.



“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple.  If you do," says the LORD Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in!  Try it!  Put me to the test!”  — Malachi 3:10      

Here it comes again – that dreaded message from your pastor about proper tithing.  But let me tell you something about the result of proper tithing. In every conversation I’ve ever had with someone who tithes biblically, they have expressed the receipt of great blessings. And when I first tried it, when I first put God to the test – I found this to be so true!  The “windows of heaven” opened for me; God made 90% of a paycheck go farther than 100% of a paycheck.   It was miraculous!  Try it – put God to the test. 

            However, proper tithing should not be done in expectation of blessings; it should be done in response to the great blessings that God has already delivered.  Because the real truth is that God has already been pouring out blessing after blessing upon each one of us.  Proper tithing, therefore, is the result and confirmation of receiving God’s blessings. 

            Every week, prior to the collection of our “Tithes and Offerings,” I remind you to remember that all you have – comes to you through the grace, mercy, and love of God.  The Israelites knew this better than anyone.  Throughout the Old Testament, an offering was something you gave, but the tithe was something you owed; it belonged to God and it was repaid—it wasn’t a gift.  The 10 percent off the top belonged to God and the Israelites simply repaid it.  

            On top of the obligatory tithe, there were regular opportunities for freewill offerings.  These were generous gifts that expressed the Israelites’ gratefulness through voluntary giving in response to their devotion to God and to each other.  In those days, the tithe was a way of recognizing God’s sovereignty and it helped the whole priestly system stay functional. 

            In these days, your church relies on your tithe to stay functional.  Some have answered my previous call in this newsletter for increased tithes and offerings and your church is so grateful.  But the need continues, so please don’t stop.  If you have not yet answered that call, prayerfully consider doing so now in faith that the windows of heaven will open and pour out great blessings upon you. 

Blessings, Peace, and Love – Pastor Vic





Sunday, August 6      Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 17:1-7, 15, Romans 9:1-5, Matthew 14:13-21

Sunday, August 13    Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28, Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b, Romans 10:5-15,

Matthew 14:22-33 

Sunday, August 20    Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost

Genesis 45:1-15, Psalm 133, Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32,

Matthew 15: (10-20), 21-28 

Sunday, August 27    Twelfth Sunday after Pentecost


Exodus 1:8-2:10, Psalm 124, Romans 12:1-8, Matthew 16:13-20



August 1 – Karen Britton

August 5 – Judith Needle

August 10 - Tommy Harris                 

August 12 - Jamey Atkins                   

August 13 - Phil Bailey                       

August 16 - Judy Banner

August 16—David Ballard                 

August 19- John Davenport

August 21  John Nunn

August 22 - Roger Harris

August 22 – Patty Adams                   

August 25- Jill Robinson

August 25 – Jill Houser



Aug. 12 - Wayne & Judy Marshall


Aug. 22 - Fred & Donna Pratt

August Mission Pot: Laundry Blitz


Homebound Members

Charles Fuller

Floyd White

Requested Prayers

Pete Anderson

Grayson Bailey

Cheryl Clark

Susan Johnson

David Miller

David Ray

Paula Ray


Carole Townsley

Members in Special Care

Bob Craft – NC State Veterans Home

Larry Ray – NC State Veterans Home

Lawrence Ray, Sr. – NC State Veterans Home