Dear Members and Friends of Green Valley United Methodist Church,
On behalf of our Finance Committee, I’d like to begin by saying Thank You. Thank you for your generous giving. With each passing year, your gifts continue to support the longstanding mission of our Church. We are deeply grateful for your financial contribution that supports our leadership, our ministries, and our community – all in the name of Jesus Christ. Last year there was a significant need for more funds. The congregation responded in such a generous way that we were able to refinance our mortgage. In spite of our hybrid way of “doing church” we are changing lives and we are being transformed by the love of God.
In October, we as a congregation will be focusing on Stewardship. Beginning October 10 thru October 31 during worship and Sunday School Classes we will explore OUR MONEY STORY. Through stories found in our Old and New Testaments we will remember that God always provides for us; we will Release or consider what binds us from being generous; we will Reimagine the story of the Widow’s Mite for us today; and on our final Sunday we will consider ways to work toward restoration, looking at ways we need to bring our hearts back to God and to one another.
As we know, Stewardship is about more than money. “Steward” is an ancient job title. It describes a person who takes care of or manages something for someone. Not too long ago flight attendants were called stewards and stewardesses - they took care of the passengers on their plane. A financial advisor is a steward of whatever assets you put them in charge of. I am coming to see that Stewardship is not just an activity but a vocation. We are the ones that have been given responsibility to care for all that belongs to God. Everything we do is a part of this identity, because everything we have belongs to God. Our time, talents, and treasures are equally important as we share our love of Jesus with others. Still, money plays an important role in fulfilling our commitment to God, to the church and to one another. For each of us it’s an important personal decision we make each year. I invite you to consider your financial commitment this year as a direct expression of your faith and love for Christ. We feel gratitude knowing it funds discipleship opportunities, work around the world through our conference apportionment funds, outreach ministries, staff salaries and the upkeep of our facilities. With our tithes and offerings, we provide support both inside and outside the walls of our church.
Let us renew our commitment to the work of our church in the coming year. Let us reflect on our level of giving for 2022- what is God asking from us?
Some of you are already giving 10% of your net income – the biblical tithe. If you are not tithing, I’d like to invite you to take a step in that direction. Prayerfully consider moving up a step from your current giving. If you value in our online and in person worship services and the relationships surrounding our community — we want to encourage you to support our ministry at a level you’re comfortable with. If it causes you any financial burden to give even a few dollars per month, please don’t feel obligation to fill out a pledge card.
This pandemic reminds us that we don’t know what our future holds, yet we invite you to prayerfully consider your level of giving for the coming year. We will provide pledge cards and ask for you to return them Sunday October 31. If you worship with us online, we will provide a way to pledge online.
On October 17th, during the Sunday school hour (9:45am-10:45am) we will have opportunity to explore how we can use our time and talents in ministry to the church and our community. The Ministry Fair will be held in the Fellowship Hall with folks representing the various ministries of the church.
In addition, to assist in planning for your financial future we will provide an Estate Planning Workshop October 24th at 3:00. We trust that these opportunities will help us in our understanding of being generous stewards of our time, money and talents.
The practice of generosity is a faith discipline. Growing in generosity is the mark of a deepening faith and journey with Christ. I trust as a member and friend of Green Valley United Methodist Church you have found a faith community where you are free to grow, to worship, and to serve. Your contribution to the life-giving work of Green Valley UMC will not only help us continue these ministries but help others experience God’s grace as well.