a reflection by Karl J. Vidt
Each week as I place my offering in the plate at MCC San Jose, I feel the blessing of God wash over me. The blessing is substanStial. I experience God’s blessing in many experiences in my life. This one has a particular history in its making.
In 1985, a year after I became a member of MCC San Jose, I accepted an invitation to join its Board of Directors. In doing so I was surprised to learn that it takes a bit of money to keep a church running and for the most part, the only place that money comes from are the people that attend the church. Up until that point, I had dropped the occasional $20.00 bill in the offering plate and felt good about doing so. I realized that I cared a great deal for MCC San Jose and wanted to support it in a more substantial way.
I decided to look into the practice of tithing. To me that meant giving to the church 10% of what I made. I calculated the amount and was astounded at how much it appeared to be. Read more »