Operating Fund Financial Results – Y-T-D April 2015

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We received about $8.1k less for the month than we expected and about $21.2k less than last year. We also spent $6.0k less than planned, and we ended the month slightly over budget. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

175th Anniversary Gift Suggestions from Our Congregation

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We asked you to suggest creative ideas for spending the 175th anniversary gift the church received from the First Church Endowment Fund, and you responded with many hopes and dreams for our congregation and its ministries. Some ideas focused on improving and maintaining our facilities and some focused on new and continuing outreach to others. Here are just a few of them: Ideas for improving and maintaining our facilities: • Archive First Church records, including the recording memories portion of 175th anniversary. • Bathrooms for the public included in a secure entrance to sanctuary and … [Read more...]

Creating a Petitions Task Force

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A couple of years ago First Church voted to join the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN), which, as stated on its website, “mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to transform our Church and world into the full expression of Christ’s inclusive love.” We live that out regularly here by welcoming all people who come to First Church for worship and service and to follow God. RMN also states on its website that it is “committed to policy change and the creation of long-term solutions and practices that create full inclusion in The United Methodist Church … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results – Y-T-D March 2015

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  We received about $30.6k more for the month than we expected and about $25.9k more than last year. We also spent $3.2k more than planned, yet we ended the month favorable to budget. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Ideas Needed for Generous 175th Anniversary Gift

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Earlier this year, First Church received a generous 175th anniversary gift from the First Church Endowment Fund.  What creative suggestions do you have for how that gift might be spent? We are soliciting your ideas during the month of May so that we can bring a proposal to the Administrative Board at its August 16th meeting. Maybe you have a suggestion for our facilities or our programs or our community outreach or....Anyone in the church is welcome to suggest ideas. Please send your ideas to Sandy Wilder, our Administrative Board Chair, at swilder@texas.net by  Sunday, May 31st. Thank … [Read more...]

Administrative Board Meeting

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April 26th  Our Administrative Board will meet on Sunday, April 26th, in Wesley Hall immediately following our 11:00 a.m. service. Lunch will be provided for $9 per person. Board members and guests who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by 12:00 noon on Thursday, April 23rd. Contact Cindy Reidland at cindy@fumcaustin.org or 512-478-5684 (ext. 200). Childcare will be available. If needed, email childcarefumc@yahoo.com to make the necessary reservations. Reservations are not guaranteed until confirmed. … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results – Y-T-D February 2015

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  We received about $20.9k more for the month than we expected and about $10k more than last year. We also spent $9.5k less than planned, and we ended the month favorable to budget. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Operating Fund Financial Results

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We received about $.7k more for the month than we expected, but about $24k less than last year. We spent $9.3k less than planned, and our loss was less than we had budgeted it to be. Your faithful generosity enables us to make disciples who in turn will transform the world. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Financial Celebration Points for 2014

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• 100% payout of apportionments. Apportionments are the contributions each church is asked to give toward general church ministries and missions. Our 2014 apportionments totaled $231,869. • $55,649 operating surplus for 2014. When added to the surpluses accrued in 2012 and 2013, the church now enters 2015 with an operating reserve of $218,327—a huge step toward achieving the Finance Committee’s goal of having at least a sixty-day operating reserve to cover unforeseen expenses and cash flow fluctuations in the summer. • $1,466,127 pledged for 2015—a record in recent history, which … [Read more...]

Benevolence Report for 2014

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In addition to the conference and district apportionments of $231,869 which First Church gave to support ministries beyond our local church, our church and groups within it gave the following amounts in support of benevolent causes: In addition, our Gifts-to-the-World Market, sponsored by the Epiphany Class, collected $4,860 for various causes, which will be dispersed in 2015. … [Read more...]