Dollars are a big deal at FUMCFW! “No kidding, Sherlock,” I am sure you are saying, but I am actually talking about the one-dollar bill — that piece of paper money with the picture of George Washington on it.
Each Sunday, the dollar bills placed in every offering plate in all services are given special attention when the offering is counted. Each Sunday, the $1 Offering goes toward a specific mission outreach.
The $1 Offering for the month of May is designated for Start-Up Kits which are handed out by our First Street Methodist Mission. The kit is a great homecoming gift for individuals and families who have recently transitioned out of a homeless situation into permanent supportive housing. Each kit contains household items including dinnerware, kitchen utensils, pots and pans, bath and bed linens, cleaning supplies and more. It is estimated that the cost of each kit is $50 so thanks to the generosity of our congregation on the first Sunday in May, six kits will now be available with more to come. Thank you.
So far in 2019, your one-dollar bills have been used to provide emergency financial assistance to families in crisis, specialized infant formula, advocacy and legal assistance through Methodist Justice Ministries and camperships to children through our partnership with United Community Centers. On average, $1,500 comes in monthly through these special offerings.
In the months ahead, your one-dollar will support the following life-changing ministries:
June – FSMM Food Bank
July – Financial Assistance
August – Food 4 Kids
September – Kids Hope Mentoring Program
October – FSMM Clothing Bank
November – Community Advocate Program
December – FSMM Food Bank
Just as a side note, this is such a great way for mom and dads to model and teach giving to our youngest disciples.
Thank you for being intentional in your giving with the $1 Offering; thank you for impacting lives of people who most likely you will never meet in this small and easy way; thank you for making the one-dollar a big deal.
Together in Christ!
Director of Stewardship