Dear Skycrest Family,

Would you pay $47 for a cup of coffee? One guy did, according to the LA Times. He went to Starbucks and ordered a drink with 48 espresso shots, soy milk, vanilla bean, two bananas, protein powder, caramel drizzle, strawberry puree and Frappuccino chips.

I don't know which was more foolish-- ordering a $47 coffee, or drinking it!

Jesus' words from Luke 16, which we studied this Sunday, praise a shrewd household manager (or steward) who used his master's money wisely. Jesus said to use worldly wealth in such a way as to have eternal consequences, because someday it will be gone. I love that Jesus praises not only generosity but also wisdom and discipline. I know we all want to be more generous, but sometimes it takes being a "shrewd manager" or a "good steward" to really make that possible! If you missed the sermon, you can find it online at www.skycrest.net/sermons

Sunday's message on giving leads right into what our Finance Team will soon be working on: pledge cards and budgeting! Each year, we seek to get an estimate of what you plan to give financially toward the ministries of the church in the coming year so that we can budget accordingly.

Paper pledge cards will be available in the coming weeks, but we have the online version ready now. Just go to www.skycrest.net/giving

If you've never pledged before, I invite you to give it a try! It's a huge help to our church to know what income we can count on in the coming year. And it helps you to stay on track with your goal of generosity.

If you've been pledging at the same dollar amount for many years, perhaps consider joining me and my family in increasing your gift by 10%. If you've been giving $100 a month, try $110. Not out of obligation, but out of the desire for generosity to be sacrificial and growing!

You've got plenty of time to be working on those pledge cards; we will look for them to be turned in by mid-November.

Up next Sunday, we are back to our regular schedule: Modern Worship at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall and Traditional Worship at 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary. Do stop by the Fellowship Hall and check out the recent paint, accent wall, and new stage!

We'll start a new sermon series that I'm finding very interesting as I work on it: The Dark Side. We'll cover everything you've ever wanted to know about the devil, hell, and spiritual warfare!


Pastor Emily