Our 2018 Stewardship Campaign is entitled Generosity, and will contain messages and pleas for our members to renew our commitment to First United Methodist Church by becoming a more generous congregation.
We are, as a church, in an exciting time in our ministry. Our pastoral staff is devoted to the task of making our ministry more vital, and our missionary zeal is showing both within and outside our campus. Laity volunteers continue to be involved in many activities, and provide staff with the assistance they often need to continue ministry projects.
Our ministry opportunities are many and varied. They include Sunday school classes, small group studies, Ozark Mission Project, Rio Bravo mission trips, Sager-Brown/UMCOR and Open Arms food pantry.
Our worship ministries involve the choirs and musical groups that enhance our worship experiences along with the greeters, ushers, and other helpers. We provide a place for the Child Development Center, minister to many with Alzheimer’s problems via The Caring Place, and help with mentors at Langston School and Getting Ahead/CCMC. And Hot Springs First is a Stephen Ministry congregation, a program that trains dedicated individuals to be available for distinctive Christian caregiving to those experiencing personal loss. These are but a few of the many activities of the church.
All of these are ministries that make our church what it is, a community of believers committed to doing our best toward furthering the work of Christ in our world. But all of this activity requires our generosity. I’m speaking of a generous commitment of our time and talents, and also an annual recommitment. It takes financial generosity from every one to keep the church doors open, to pay the light bills, to replace the air conditioners and provide for general maintenance, to provide materials for Sunday School and Bible studies, and to participate as a church in national and international response to disasters. Lastly, we must continue to pay down our loan debt and prepare to enter a new building campaign.
It’s Biblical. From Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 8:7, “But just as you excel in everything, in faith, speech, knowledge and in complete earnestness and in your love for us--see also that you excel in the grace of giving.” He continues in verse 11, “Now continue the work, so that in your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable.” Let’s continue to be a generous congregation. Let’s generously complete the work.
To fill out a pledge card online, visit the link below. All of your information will remain confidential.
Allen Bedell, Chair of the Stewardship Committee