Extravagant Generosity. You’ve heard the phrase before—we use these words often in the Church to express our call to mirror God’s generosity toward us. Perhaps you have witnessed ordinary saints whose lives reflect such generosity: they are rooted in gratitude and love for God and others, inspired by God’s vision for the future, and fully committed to see that vision come to pass. The coming season offers us an opportunity to cultivate such generosity in our own lives—to grow in our perspective and our practice of generosity. Our hope is that you will engage in this opportunity during our church-wide emphasis, Extravagant Generosity.
2017 Ministry Outlook
The Beloved Community, as described by Martin Luther King, Jr. penned for his vision a world in which poverty, hunger and homelessness have no place, and where “discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood.” It is a picture of the Kingdom of God. King’s vision reflects God’s dream for the world. In the pages of our 2017 Ministry Outlook, you’ll find that this very work is happening in the ministry of First United Methodist Church: Doing Justice, Loving Kindness, and Walking Humbly with God. When we join our hands together, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray, work, teach, share, and love our way into a new community. When we give to the Church, we participate in every single one of these ministries; the stories of ministry and transformation in this booklet become our stories too. Click to view Ministry Outlook.
Online Pledge Commitment Form
There is an online option to submit your pledge to First United Methodist Church. The confidential form is routed to our Business Administrator, Tom Mays at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extravagant Generosity Sunday School Series
Sundays, October 2, 9, 16, and 23
10:00 a.m., Wesley Hall
During the month of October, all are invited to participate in a study of The Grace of Giving: The Practice of Extravagant Generosity. Through the practice of generosity, we offer our material resources in a manner that supports the causes that transform life, relieve suffering, enlarge the soul and sustain the spirit. We give back. Join us as together we explore the personal side of extravagant generosity and ways we can grow in the grace of giving. This series will be led by Pastor Cathy Stone and Cindy Walter.
An Invitation to Respond
Throughout our Fall Generosity Emphasis, “Heart Cards” will be made available to you through the mail or in worship. Each Sunday, you are invited to share your thoughts about what it is you love about our church, how a person has shaped your spiritual journey, and what your visions and hope are for the church. We’ll be posing a new question each week throughout this season and asking you to respond in worship and online.
These “love notes” will be displayed at places throughout the church, so we can share and celebrate our church. Please fill out a Heart Card to turn in at worship on October 9. The youth and children will also be invited to participate in writing these notes. We want to hear from you! What do you love most about First Church?
Sermon: Extravagant Generosity, “Established in Gratitude”
Scripture: Exodus 16
Heart Card: Things I Love About My Church
Sermon: Extravagant Generosity, “Rooted In Love”
Scripture: John 13:34-35, Deuteronomy 6:4-6
Heart Card: People Who Impacted My Spiritual Life
Sermon: Extravagant Generosity, “Inspired by Vision”
Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21
Heat Card: Visions and Hopes for My Church
Sermon: Extravagant Generosity, “Driven by Commitment”
Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4
Church-wide Celebration Picnic
All are invited to celebrate our commitment and growth in generosity at our church-wide picnic. Bring your picnic blanket and come prepared to purchase lunch from some fun Austin food vendors. Have a favorite outdoor game to share with others? Feel free to bring games-washers, kickball, or even a soccer ball- as we gather together on the Capitol lawn for fellowship and fun.