Thanks to so many of you who came out last Sunday as we celebrated Unbounded Generosity in true First Church style — EATING! The weather cooperated by staying dry while we were enjoying hot dogs by Austin’s Underdawgs and street tacos by Chimy’s. A big shoutout of thanks to both food trucks who not only served up great food but who also donated their proceeds back to the church.
Similar to the saying, “It takes a village to raise the child,” so it also takes a village of First Church folks to make an event such as this happen! Special thanks to First Church team members — Windle Watkins, George Ewing, Danny Hilaire, Lawrence Camacho, Lisa Helm, Donna Smith, Larry Ammerman, Paul Hughes, Costa Rica Mission Team and Stewardship Lay Chair, Fred Cantu — for making it happen.
It was a good time for me to meet several new people as they stopped by to drop off their 2018 Commitment Cards and picked up a token of our appreciation for doing so. Everyone seemed surprised and excited about the handblown Christmas ornament they received.
If you didn’t get your ornament, not to worry. I will be handing them out this Sunday at the Welcome Center to those who have already formalized their 2018 Commitment as well as to those who wish to do so this Sunday.
As of today, we have 415 households who have generously participated, getting us to 63 percent of our goal; that is an increase of 153 households and an increase of 18 percent in committed dollars from the numbers reported last week.
Although the formal campaign has ended, Lay Stewardship Chair Fred Cantu reminded me that Stewardship is ongoing. If you have not joined us in this vital endeavor, please strongly consider demonstrating your love for God and First United Methodist Church’s lifechanging ministries and programs. Help us reach our goal of $2,600,000 in committed dollars before January 1.
If you are hesitant about making a commitment for whatever reason, please call me. I would love to buy you a cup of coffee or lunch as we exchange ideas and thoughts regarding church giving.
I love being in community with you as we come together in the common practice of living as a disciple of Christ. I leave you with this well-known scripture and thought:
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life. (John 3:16)
This verse is a constant and insightful reminder that we worship a generous God whose love is overflowing with grace for all. As the source of every gift and blessing, God is extravagant beyond our understanding. We are the appointed caretakers of God’s abundance, and we are called to respond with generosity. It is when we become extravagant in our desire to share God’s gift with others that we truly discover what it means to live a life of unbounded generosity.
Together in the love of Christ,