Archive for Generosity

Who and Why 2010

Yesterday I did one of the most fun things I get to do all year – write out my end of year giving checks.  J  Go ahead – call me a dork, lump me in with all of those crazies who get a rush out of paying bills or cleaning toilets, and I’ll be just […]

Posted by: Julie on Friday, December 24th, 2010

Freedom in Generosity: A Generosity of Us

Back in college, my roommate Amy and I used to do something when things were tough or when we started feeling like we were focusing too much on our own selfishness for whatever reason.  We would go out back of the Jewel-Osco near campus and pick up all the trash and put it in the dumpster.  […]

Posted by: Julie on Saturday, December 26th, 2009

From Despair to Hope: Over 1500 people touched by GFR Medical Clinic in Uganda

I am emotional again even as I sift through these pictures to upload to this blog post.  I wish I was sharing this story with you all in person right now because I fear that my written words will not convey the fullness of this experience.  I will never forget this day as long as […]

Posted by: Julie on Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Helping People Find Their Way Back To God in Namyoya, Uganda

Today we went to Namyoya Christian Church, the church Community has supported through Celebration Generosity the past two years as a part of Community’s vision to eradicate poverty and help people find their way back to God one village at a time in Uganda, Africa.  Boy, is it working!! Through the work of Global Family […]

Posted by: Julie on Sunday, August 9th, 2009

Don’t give me none of that bad economy talk!

  The economy is bad.  That’s the obvious.  Now quit saying it and thus claiming it as true.  Rise above it.  Defeat it.  Generously give your way out of this bad economy and pour into a certain investment. This past weekend, Community did just that.  Across all of Community’s nine locations, over $410,000 was given away to […]

Posted by: Julie on Friday, March 20th, 2009

God is Hitting the Accelerator at Community!

Ok so have you experienced this recently?….You’re in the car and someone (maybe it’s you!) hits the accelerator rather suddenly and you kinda feel this “umph!” as you jet forward and continue in a rapid motion down the highway toward your destination… My personal favorite is when you’re in a golf cart and you’re in […]

Posted by: Julie on Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Circumstances vs. Choices

“We are not imprisoned by our circumstances; we are freed by our choices.” Jim Collins (pictured at the left, author of Good To Great, Built To Last, and pretty much one of the most brilliant guys ever) said this statement last week when we were at the Catalyst conference in Atlanta.  It has stuck with […]

Posted by: Julie on Monday, October 13th, 2008

Certainty In Times of Uncertainty

Do me a favor.  Take a look at this picture and let me know what you see.  Can I tell you what I see?  I see two teenage girls, Allie and Sarah, who just committed their lives to following Jesus through baptism last Wednesday night.  Through the sacrament of baptism, they died to their old […]

Posted by: Julie on Monday, October 13th, 2008

On Ramps

We’ve been talking a lot lately as a staff about on-ramps — mainly in terms of new staff members and new leadership residents at the church.  But it’s got me thinking a lot about on-ramps to generosity as well. With new staff members and new leadership residents, it’s important to have a process – or at least a conscious […]

Posted by: Julie on Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Love The One You’re With

Last week I took a ‘working vacation’ to Oklahoma.  Judge if you must, but when you love your job as much as I do, it’s difficult to to take a whole week away from your work.  So I spent part of the week without my laptop and BlackBerry (yikes!), and then the rest of the […]

Posted by: Julie on Sunday, September 7th, 2008