Shout triumphantly to the Lord, all the earth!

Serve the Lord with celebration! Come before him with shouts of joy!
Know that the Lord is God — He made us; we belong to Him.
            We are his people, the sheep of his own pasture.
Enter his gates with thanks; enter his courtyards with praise!
            Thank him! Bless his name!

Because the Lord is good, his loyal love lasts forever;
            His faithfulness lasts generation after generation.

Psalm 100

 

Read our CONNECT Magazine Stewardship Issue online or pick one up in the Main Office or Welcome Center

During this past year we have seen growth in every part of our congregation. People are experiencing the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ. People are experiencing the joy and fulfillment in serving others. The lives of many are being transformed through the ministries and outreach programs of our church. As a congregation, there is much for which to be thankful!
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The 2019 Stewardship Campaign could be renamed the “2019 Gratitude Campaign!” You may be thinking “so how can we talk about gratitude and end up with a successful stewardship campaign?” Dr. Bruster, Stewardship Co-chairs Amy Atkins and John Cockrell, and I believe that gratitude is exactly what we need to be talking about.
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Q&A with Stewardship Co-Chairs Amy Atkins and John Cockrell

Why are you excited and grateful to be involved with FUMCFW?

Amy: I was seeking a way to get involved, FUMCFW provides me a way to utilize my skills through service. I treasure the sense of belonging to the church community and opportunities to fellowship through small groups, UMW and Grace Circle, and Sunday School classes. My husband Sam and I do not have family here locally, but members of First Church have become our extended family.

John: I am excited and grateful to be involved with FUMCFW because it allows me the opportunity to meet and work with a variety of people who share in the church’s mission. Seeing a church come alive with the positive attitude of the membership is inspiring. The members here want the church to be a vibrant, active, involved congregation that does things for others and provides a spiritual platform that can change and build lives.

Why is stewardship important for FUMCFW?

Amy: Stewardship and giving are essential in seeing our growth continue. Making a commitment to the church and fulfilling that commitment each year gives us a sense of connection and belonging to our church.

John: Stewardship is not about bricks and mortar but about contributing to the growth of the programs and people that are driving the forward movement of the church. It is about supporting the work of the church and everything that it does for all that are connected with FUMCFW.

God intends for those he blesses to share with others. In that regard, what is our responsibility to the world around us? What is our responsibility to FUMCFW members whose giving makes our ministries and programs possible?

Amy: Growing up I was taught that tithing was our duty. As I became an adult and began to seek my place in the church, tithing became so much more. It was a way of showing my appreciation for the church, for the fellowship, for the opportunities I have been given. The generosity of our members makes it possible for FUMCFW to do community outreach, provide the educational opportunities and creates fellowship opportunities all in the name of Jesus Christ.

John: Our responsibility is to further the work and word of God. The responsibility of the membership is to support our collective effort to go out and be God’s people in the world.

Friends,

During this past year we have seen growth in every part of our congregation. People are experiencing the love and grace of God in Jesus Christ. People are experiencing the joy and fulfillment in serving others. The lives of many are being transformed through the ministries and outreach programs of our church. As a congregation, there is much for which to be thankful!

Our stewardship theme this year is very simple: Gratitude. This one word encompasses so much. It is a way of viewing life and viewing the world. It leads us away from a perspective of scarcity to a perspective of abundance. It reminds us that God is the source of life and all good gifts. Gratitude brings to mind all those who have gone before us who gave faithfully. It leads us to a spirit of generosity as we give of ourselves and our possessions out of gratitude.

Among all the things for which I am grateful is your past giving to the Ministry and Operating Fund of our church. I want to ask two things of you: First, please prayerfully and carefully consider your financial contributions to help support our ministries and programs for the coming year. Then, please complete your 2019 Commitment Card by October 14.

If each one of us lives in gratitude in this coming year, what a difference that will make. If each one of us steps up our giving in gratitude for all that we have received, what a difference that will make in the life of each giver and in the many lives transformed by the ministries of our church.

I invite you to join me, our clergy, staff, lay leaders, and all of the members of our church in generous giving in gratitude for all we have received.

Thank you for all you do for our church.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

Dear First Church Friends,

The 2019 Stewardship Campaign could be renamed the “2019 Gratitude Campaign!” You may be thinking “so how can we talk about gratitude and end up with a successful stewardship campaign?” Dr. Bruster, Stewardship Co-chairs Amy Atkins and John Cockrell, and I believe that gratitude is exactly what we need to be talking about.

As disciples of Christ, we recognize that God’s love for us — from the creation of our world through the birth and death of his Holy Son, to His continued presence and guidance in our lives daily — is the ultimate example of generosity and reason for thanksgiving. God’s extravagance is beyond our understanding. His only expectation is that we receive these blessings with heartfelt appreciation and joy. We are then given the opportunity to prayerfully and faithfully express our gratitude through our actions. And just like the gift that keeps on giving, when we practice extravagance — when we share God’s gift with others — we experience a transformation.

Gratitude is at the heart of stewardship. As Kristine Miller says so well, “Generosity is a spiritual discipline that begins with gratitude and ends with joy.”

There are many ways to express your heartfelt thanks to God for all the blessings you have received. One opportunity is to complete your Commitment Card. Please join Amy, John, Dr. Bruster and many others in an active show of GRATITUDE by completing and returning your 2019 commitment.

We kick off the 2019 Gratitude Campaign on Sunday, September 23. As we focus on gratitude, we will be energized and filled with joy as we give back to God’s Kingdom! Mark your calendar for October 14 and join us for our 5th Street Celebration of Gratitude. I look forward to thanking you in person.

Together in Christ,

Nancy Fisher
Director of Stewardship

Commitment to Ministry

Thank you for your commitment. This estimate may be revised or canceled at any time upon request.

Contact: FUMCFW Business Office | 817-336-7277

Make Your 2019 Commitment to Ministry

Ways to Give

Online Giving

Go to fumcfw.org/givenow.

Check or Money Order

Make payable to FUMC Fort Worth; deliver to the Business Office, the Main Church Office, or via mail to 800 W. 5th St., Fort Worth, Texas 76102.

Text to Give

Text 817-241-2327 and enter the amount in the message bar. You must have a ShelbyGiving account set up with the church in order to Text to Give.

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Text Giving

  1. Text the amount you would like to give to 817-241-2327.
  2. If this is your first time to give a text donation, follow the prompt to visit a secure site for registration. (If you’ve given via text before, please make sure your payment method is current.)
  3. Enter your credit or debit card information.
  4. Tap “Give” to process your donation.
  5. Look for a confirmation text to verify that your donation and registration were successful.

Quick Tips

  • Dollar amount — goes to the Ministry & Operating Fund (for example, $50)
  • “Funds” — provides a list of ministry choices
  • Amount + ministry name — goes to that specific ministry fund (for example, $10 First Street Methodist Mission)
  • “Help” — provides giving instructions
  • “Reset” — removes your saved card information

ShelbyNEXT | Giving App

Download the app to give from your smart phone.

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App Giving

  1. Launch the app store from your mobile device, search for “Shelby Next Giving,” and install the ShelbyNEXT | Giving app.
  2. When you launch the app, choose to search for organizations near you (make sure your location services are turned on), or you can search for First United Methodist Church by typing the name and/or Zip code (76102).
  3. Log in or create a donor profile through the app’s secure third-party website.
  4. Make a donation by tapping “Give.”
  5. Enter your donation amount.
  6. Select your payment method. Tap the “+” icon to add a new payment method. Enter your card information and billing details, or use the “Quick Scan” feature to scan your card information. You can also input your bank account and routing number for ACH/eCheck donations.
  7. Select a ministry fund from the drop-down list.
  8. Choose your frequency. You can give a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation for any day, weekly, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly.
  9. Tap “Next” to process your donation.

Other Features:

  • “History”— shows your contribution history
  • “Settings” — adjusts your payment methods, personal information, and account details

Contact: Business Office | 817-336-7277

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Honorarium & Memorial Donations

Want to honor a special person or accomplishment?
Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?
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First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation

The First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation was established in 1964 to provide for the long-term operation and maintenance of the church’s facilities.

The Five Pillars of First United Methodist Church — Vision, Worship, Education, Mission/Outreach, and Music & Fine Arts — are undergirded by a solid foundation that assures that the buildings and property are funded in perpetuity.

Gifts to the Foundation are invested, managed, and administered with careful stewardship. Only the earnings are distributed. As a donor, you can take comfort in knowing that your gift to First Methodist Foundation will have an everlasting impact.
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Other Giving Options

IRA Giving

In 2015 Congress made permanent the ability for eligible persons to donate directly from their IRA instead of having to take a required minimum distribution. This benefits you because you do not have to then claim the distributed funds as income; however, please be aware that you also will not be able to deduct the fund distribution amount on your tax return as a charitable contribution. It’s imperative that your investment advisor have the amount transferred directly to the church.

Stock Giving

The financial markets have shown significant gains in 2016. If you have appreciated shares of common stock, you can transfer shares of stock from your account to the church’s brokerage account. This provides you with a dual benefit: you do not have to claim the capital gain on the appreciated shares, and you get to claim the total value of this stock on that date of the transfer as a charitable contribution.

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