I pray God blessed all of you with a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends.
We have just closed the books on October and I am thankful to report that God has blessed this Conference with a 2.02% tithe gain year to date. This is only the second month this year we have shown a tithe gain, the last being in April 2019. Our Wisconsin Budget offering has been in the red all year, however October’s report experienced a large gain for the month (+15.11%) bringing the deficit year to date to just (-1.71%).
We are fast heading into the Christmas season with the end of 2019 in sight. It is a good time of year to reflect on the challenges that have come our way as well as God’s blessings that have either come or are still coming to help meet those challenges. It would do us well to read the passage found in Deuteronomy 28:1-14. Listed in these verses are numerous promises God has given to us, with one caveat, that we be found faithful to Him. We can be assured that God will keep His promises. He has done that from the beginning of time. As we all reflect on this past year the question is, have we been faithful to Him? He stands ready to fulfill His promises and it is never too late for us turn to Him and give Him our hearts.
May God bless each of us as we reflect on the ultimate gift of Jesus as we experience this Christmas season. May He find us all faithful as we look forward to His soon return.
Brian Stephan, Executive Secretary/Treasurer