Generosity: Begin with Gratitude; End with Joy

As FUMCFW’s 2019 Stewardship Year of Gratitude comes to an end, I am thankful for the many church moments that make First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth so wonderfully unique, inviting, and life-altering.

Some special moments for me included the Maundy Thursday service where Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper” came to life; the wonderfully successful UMW Spring Gala; celebrating our golden members for their 50+ years of church membership; and being part of gatherings where we acted on a vision for First Church’s future — the Next90 Building expansion program.

What are the 2019 church moments for which you are most grateful?

Perhaps if you are a member of Choral Union, you may smile when you remember the fun musical moments in being part of the Afternoon of Broadway Favorites program or preparing for the beautiful music of Advent.

As a parent of a sixth-grader, your heart likely swells with pride as you remember your child taking that momentous step in his or her personal faith journey by completing confirmation class.

How about those hilarious mornings when, during “an out of this world” Vacation Bible School, you and 600+ of your closest VBS pals squealed in laughter at the antics of Dr. Bruster and Dr. Marshall as they participated incognito as space aliens.

Your thankfulness might be a result of service with others as you gave of your time during such worthy projects as Rise Against Hunger, Cowtown Brush-up, or Habitat for Humanity to help others who are less fortunate than you.

You may feel especially blessed to be part of a weekly worship service where you find inspiration, inclusiveness, and peace of mind.

These joyful moments are made possible because of your discipleship practice of sharing your gifts of time, talent, and treasure as described so well by Kristine Miller’s words: Generosity is a spiritual discipline that begins with gratitude and ends with JOY.”

Thanks to you, it is with blissful enthusiasm that I can imagine what we have to look forward to for First Church in 2020! I am grateful that we will be together as one church growing in our faith and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with all who enter our doors.

Happy New Year!


Nancy Fisher
Director of Stewardship

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