On Sunday, October 29, we are asking those who call this church their home to return a Generosity Commitment Card or submit their pledge online for the coming year. We ask you to fill out this card as a spiritual practice. Here is what I have discovered: generosity does not happen by accident. It requires planning. It has to be a goal. It has to fit into a budget. The Generosity Commitment Card is a starting point in that process. It will allow you to spend time in prayer and conversation about your income and the ways you spend and save money.
Filling out this card also helps our church consider its mission and ministry for the coming year. We attempt to be excellent stewards of God’s resources, and knowing your goals for giving in the coming year is an important piece of information.
Highlighting our Vision for Next Year – 2018 Ministry Plan
Will you join me in stepping up?
God’s call for us to step up and be generous beyond our present ministry.
Step One: Today for Tomorrow – $111,000 – Our current ministries are flourishing, and they will require increased funds for 2018. Re-tooling our youth ministry calls for a full-time Youth Director. Connecting and inviting our guests to become members will require annual budget funding. Supporting our current staff requires increased funding to meet rising health insurance costs and giving them the time and administrative support to be effective in their ministry. These existing commitments need our support.
Step Two: A Place to Grow – $55,000 – This year’s renovation of the preschool and children’s classrooms shows us how facility improvements bring positive impact to our ministry and invite new people to join in. Your generosity would enable us to provide annual visible improvements to our facilities. For too long we have fixed only what was broken. Over the course of ten years, your annual generosity can provide paint, carpet, and aesthetic improvements across our whole campus.
Step Three: Leading From Our Strength – $70,000 – At the core of our ministry is Mercy & Justice. This is who we are: Next to the Capitol; feeding, caring for, housing, and befriending our neighbors experiencing homelessness; advocating for just public policy; engaging all ages in service ministries; and connecting with others who are similarly passionate about this work. It is time for a full-time Director of Mercy & Justice Ministry. Let’s put our support where our passion and calling align most distinctively as First UMC, Austin.
I’m asking you to support this $236,000 in new funding for our ministry together, an increase of 12.8%.
Will you commit to increasing your pledge this year?
Will you make these dreams a reality for First UMC?
Will you encourage others in church to pledge and join you in stepping up?
Again, thank you for all you do to support God’s work here at FUMC Austin. I am grateful for the ways you are living a generous life within our own church and beyond.
Rev. Taylor Fuerst