“Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity and Generosity”

Stress. Anxiety. Fear. These words capture well the state of mind of many of us in
America today. We have witnessed dramatic market losses, the collapse of the world’s largest
insurance company, and many bankruptcies and mergers. Every day seems to bring another
piece of economic uncertainty.

A recent survey found that over three in four Americans are stressed about the economy
and their personal finances. Half were worried about providing for their family’s basic needs.
Over half of respondents reported feeling angry and irritable, and reported lying awake at night
worried about this. The report concludes that, “The declining state of the nation’s economy is
taking a physical and emotional toll on people nationwide.”

Join us in worship the next 6 weeks for a sermon series entitled Enough: Discovering Joy
Through Simplicity and Generosity. Our nation is experiencing what many have described as
the “American Nightmare.” Increasing consumer debt, declines in savings, lower income
growth, and volatile stock markets are all a part of our economic insecurity. We have lived in a
society that tells us “you deserve it now” whether or not we can afford it or really even need it.
All of us have struggled with these issues at one time or another. They are important
issues that we cannot ignore. This is why, over the next 6 weeks, we will be having a
churchwide study and worship emphasis called Enough: Discovering Joy Through Simplicity
and Generosity. During this time we will explore what the Bible teaches us about financial
managements through worship and education (both online and in person). We’ll hear expert
advice and stories about what others have learned by working through financial challenges.
Each week we will provide you with some practical tools you can use to assess your financial
situation and develop a financial plan with a biblical foundation.

At the conclusion of the emphasis, we will have the opportunity to make personal commitments of our offering to God through our church in the coming year. We will consecrate
these commitments in the worship service on October 15 th .

We hope you will join us in the coming weeks as we look at how we can manage our
financial resources and truly experience simplicity, generosity, and joy.

Schedule of Events
9/17—“When Dreams Become Nightmares” Sermon
9/24—“Wisdom and Finance” Sermon
10/1—“Cultivating Contentment” Sermon and Blessing of the Quilts and Backpacks
10/8—“Defined by Generosity” Sermon and Healing Service
10/15—Consecration Sunday and Return of Estimate of Giving Cards and Time and
Talent Cards

Pastor Katie has served St. Paul Hametown since July 2012. She is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg with a Masters of Divinity and a concentration in Theology and Public Life. She is married with three children.

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