I didn’t originally plan to preach a message on love and caring on the day of our congregation’s annual meeting. And I have no idea whether or not this message influenced people as they prepared their hearts for the meeting that followed worship, but it was possibly the most up-beat, positive, encouraging annual meeting of a congregation in which I have ever participated. It demonstrated that our people care about one another, and love each other. And it demonstrated that they have faith: the congregation approved a budget that involves a 17% increase in giving if it is to be met over the course of 2009. As we grow, we can make this work – I am confident.