I am excited about the New Year at First Church. Thanks to you, we are beginning 2022 in positive financial shape. I am not surprised; after all, I experience your enthusiasm and generosity every day.
There is no denying that 2021 was a challenging year. I feel ridiculous even writing that sentence since it states the obvious and yet when looking back over the last 12 months, my heart swells with gratitude and reaffirms the reason I am so happy to be a part of this faith community for the last 27 years.
As we started 2021, our church family was dealing with so many unusual situations – ministering to our flock online, mourning the loss of one of our favorite staff members and others due to COVID, and worrying about how the pandemic would impact the church ministries and programs.
And of course, let’s not forget that one month before we stopped in-person worship in 2020 because of the pandemic, we launched our two-year Next90 Phase I Capital Campaign with the goal to raise $15 million by March 2022.
It was YOU who got us through the darkest days…your faith and your faithfulness, your participation, your flexibility, your gratitude, your tenacity, and your prayers! Thanks to you, we celebrate the beginning of 2022 by highlighting the following 2021 achievements:
• 138 new members joined you in your discipleship;
• 76 baptisms (58 infants, 11 confirmands, 7 adults) exemplified our growing community;
• 60 sixth graders grew in their discipleship through confirmation;
• 76 third graders received their 3rd grade Bible as they begin in their personal faith journey; and
• 82% of Next90 committed dollars and other spontaneous gifts received as of 12/31/2021 reflected your endorsement of the Next90 vision.
Please be on the lookout for your Year-end Contribution Statement which was mailed this week. The statement lists all contributions made to FUMCFW in 2021. Should you have any questions regarding your 2021 giving, please contact the Business Office at email@example.com.
If you are also participating in the Next90 Building Campaign, your commitment status is shown on this statement. This building campaign officially concludes on March 31, 2022. Thanks to your generosity, we are within $1.5 million new dollars (includes finish out and furnishings) of being debt-free by project end. If you have an outstanding balance, please consider paying it off in the next three months. If you desire or need to make adjustments to your commitment, please call me at 817-339-5098.
Thank you for your generous spirit and for putting your discipleship into action through your prayers, actions and generosity! Because of YOU, First Church is experiencing a transformation in the ways of a growing and energized congregation, a variety of worship opportunities that meet the needs of a diverse community, and dynamic programs preparing us “go out to be God’s people in the world.”
It is a joy to be with you on this like-minded quest!
Together thru Christ,
Director of Stewardship