“Giving Up” For Lent
We often talk about “giving up” something for Lent, usually in the form of a non-essential pleasure such as chocolate, dessert, alcohol, etc. However, these sacrifices can also be in the form of prayer, fasting, and giving. This Lent, let’s think about the giving option. Think about how you can make your giving this Lent a spiritual practice versus the superficial “giving up” of something you can easily live without. Do this prayerfully, offering a gift to God and your church in remembrance of all Jesus “gave.” In giving to SOV (where our 2022 budget is being balanced by shorting our mission shares), you will know that your gift will go to the greater church and the good we do locally and in the world. Make this the Lent you “give up” in a deeper, more meaningful way.
You can simply increase your regular giving by 10%, or here are some other ideas of how you can increase your regular gift for the six weeks of Lent: Add up the cost of that daily cup of coffee you buy at the local coffee shop or convenience store and give that amount to the church. Since some of our activities may still be limited by the pandemic, give the money you might have spent on going out, shopping, or other non-essential purchases. Or, throw your spare change, even singles, into a jar and make that your Lenten gift. Make your gift by writing a check to SOV, or by using the Lenten Fund on your Vanco account. Thank you for thinking about the Giving Option for this Lent this year.