Missing the church
Since last March, during this time of crisis, we have replaced our in person communication with the online one. The same for worship, Bible studies, visits, Sabbath School or prayer meetings. We miss fellowship lunches, greetings and hugging (where are the kids?), chats in small groups, coming to the church, using the building, cleaning the church after services (do we? 😊). It is only the best option under current circumstances. We all long to come back.
One other aspect transformed, or even put on hold is the collection of tithes and offerings. We are aware that it may be a very sensitive issue, especially if one has lost a job or facing other financial pressures due to health, accommodation, travel or other needs. Yet we also acknowledge that is God who provides for all things – life, health, strength. His hand is not shorter these days and His blessing has never been limited by any crisis. If you can read this message it means something!
Thus says the Lord about the faithful man in a crisis:
“Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)
We thus hope that God will provide for all things you need and even use such a time of pressures to show His love and power even more.
Presenting our offerings
Following several inquiries from you (leaders and members) regarding how one should return tithes and present offerings, the issue was brought on for a discussion on the church board.
First, we are thankful that you are mindful of this issue! Second, we inform and recommend the following:
- A collection in cash or bringing it to the house of the Lord is not possible during these times. (No one knows how long will this situation extend.)
- Accordingly, we recommend you planning to deposit or wire money to church’s account (Malachi 3:10-12), using whatever system is available to you.
- Alternatively, you can set any money aside, at home (1 Corinthians 16:1-2), making it available whenever we return to normal church activities.
Bringing your money to the church (a) will show your faithfulness, (b) will bring you blessings from God and (c) will help the church continuing its activities (for example: keeping the tenant contract for the building, continue helping members in need or offering community services).
The treasurer (Angela), elders (Ropo, Tom, Vasile), heads of deacons and deaconesses (Ferdy, Sade), and pastor (Christian) are ready to inform specifically if you have questions, and help you towards finding the best solution for you.
The bank account details
Dublin West Adventist Community Church
IBAN: IE24 AIBK 9325 1567 4190 53
Make sure your name or other references are clearly mentioned, to be able to identify your wire. After sending any amount, and allowing a time for processing, please text or call our treasurer Angela to check and confirm receiving of the money. If there is any breakdown for different destinations (tithes, offerings, budget, rent, ACS etc.) please inform her also. She will keep a record of all things, as usual.
We thank you all for your faithfulness, in small things and in great things. “And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” (Matthew 6:4). When we will return to church in a Day of Fellowship and Thanksgiving, this wonderful report from the treasurer and your testimonies of the Lord’s faithfulness will give glory to God.