Faith in Action: Why I Pledge

Lou Ann BlaylockBut this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Every year when it comes time to renew my stewardship pledge to support the operations of our glorious church, my heart fills with gratitude for what this church provides all of its members: a thoughtful clergy and staff, and a comfortable building that is open and prepared to welcome and serve everyone. It is a particularly fulfilling and reaffirming time for me because, as president of the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation, I am very aware of how our pledge contributions and our Foundation’s support of the church combine to provide the lifeblood of this institution. Their dual roles are always connected, always working hand in hand. I renew my pledge because it helps fill one chamber of the financial heart of our church, assuring the day-to-day fiscal health for operations; compensation of our clergy and staff; and support for worship services, educational, and fellowship endeavors. Legacy contributions to the Foundation, as donors for over 50 years have learned, are another necessary chamber in the financial heart of our church. The strength of the Foundation’s endowment income supplements our pledges to provide us with remarkable stability. Please join with me in renewing your pledge to continue the financial health and strength of our church and keep its heart beating and strong. To make your 2016 commitment to our church online, please click here.

Lou Ann Blaylock,
President of First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation

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