I hope that you had the chance to hear Dr. Bruster’s sermon last Sunday, along with President of Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. Andy Taft. It was very interesting to learn about the projected growth of downtown and what role First Church can have on the influx of the 10,000 potential new residents. Although we are still three years out from seeing this growth, current residential building is underway to meet the upcoming demand.
If you attended the new Master Plan presentation later that afternoon, you heard from Building Committee Chair Barry Hudson, Trustees Chair Jerry Colwell, and Dr. Bruster as they laid out our vision of how First Church can, as Mr. Taft encouraged us to do, “embrace these new opportunities and wrap our arms around the neighborhood.” If we as a church congregation decide to move forward with this ambitious endeavor, it will not happen quickly — and certainly not in the next three years.
This does not mean that there is nothing to do in the next 24 to 36 months. We were given two charges as we departed — Share and Pray. I want to suggest a third charge — continue to be generous. I am not talking about in the way of a capital campaign. I mean generosity as it pertains to our day-to-day ministries and programs and your personal commitment to support them.
Take time to think about how you and your family are impacted by the church and then consider how you will impact others. Consider the thought that through giving you are a partner with God. I firmly believe that such partnerships make it possible for us to offer vibrant and vital ministries to all who enter our doors, and will also prepare FUMCFW for what lies ahead.
As the 2017 Stewardship Campaign concludes, I want to thank all of you who have turned in commitment cards. If you haven’t completed a card yet and would like to make your commitment, there is still time to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me (email@example.com | 817-339-5098).
Wishing you many blessings,