This is an Easter memory of my family when I was 6 years old. It is posted purely for self-serving purposes — grabbing your attention so to remind you about the Easter Offering!
By now you have received a letter from Dr. Bruster giving you another opportunity to practice unbounded generosity. A big thank you to those of you who have already generously given over $11,000 in total.
If you have not given yet, I am asking that you prayerfully consider making a “Second Mile” Easter gift. Your one gift will benefit four very special ministries. (How easy is that!)
First Street Methodist Mission is recognized as a place where families come for help, whether it is for their spiritual needs or physical needs. Over the years, the outreach opportunities of being a life-changing force for children and families who are struggling with day-to-day life continues to increase, sometimes in unexpected ways. A perfect example was last fall’s Hurricane Harvey relief effort where displaced families arrived in Fort Worth and were provided groceries through the First Street Methodist Mission’s food pantry. The ongoing programs at the Mission include providing food on an as-needed basis to local residents who are food disadvantaged in the way of monthly groceries, Food 4 Kids weekend food program, and sack lunches.
Infant Formula Program, started in 1950 and one of the longest-running FUMCFW ministries, is more than just providing life-saving formula for babies. Moms can also find special needs formula, baby clothing, age-appropriate toys and books, and a kind volunteer ready to listen.
United Community Centers Summer Campership Program makes it possible for children who otherwise would not have the opportunity to experience a week of fun, freedom, and frivolity in a safe learning environment.
Methodist Justice Ministry is another significant program that is changing lives of families who find themselves in the storm of abuse. MJM serves parents and caregivers of children who are escaping from volatile and life-threatening situations. MJM staff attorneys who have expertise in domestic violence law provide much-needed legal representation at no cost to the client. The goal of MJM is to get the families into a safe, stable environment where they begin to reclaim their lives and break the cycle of abuse.
You can make your Easter Offering by check (please make check payable to FUMCFW and put Easter Offering in the memo line) and mail it, drop it by the Main Church Office, or put it in the offering plate during worship; online at fumcfw.org/givenow (please choose Easter Offering from the drop-down menu); via text (text 817-241-2327 and put Easter Offering and the amount in the message field); or use the ShelbyNEXT Giving app (download ShelbyNEXT app to your smartphone and log in to make giving through the app a snap!).
I hope one of your Easter memories this year is that of making an Easter offering. No Easter bonnet is required, and thanks to you, children and families will be blessed. Thanks again.
He is risen!
Director of Stewardship