“When Jesus fed five thousand people with only five loaves of bread and two fish, he was showing us how God’s love can multiply the effects of our generosity. God’s kingdom is the place of abundance where every generous act overflows its original bounds and becomes part of the unbounded grace of God at work in the world.” 
— Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

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

In keeping with this exciting growth and potential, our Stewardship theme this year is Unbounded Generosity. This term has special meaning for me as your Senior Pastor because it both recognizes the joy and impact our church’s already generous giving has had on our thriving ministries and programs — even as it challenges us to consider how giving can go from being something we do to who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ.
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From the dramatic growth we now see every day going on in our Downtown Fort Worth and surrounding areas, to the conceptual building plans that will allow our faith community to step up to these new opportunities, to the Focus First churchwide planning process now fully underway to bring everyone’s ideas, hopes, and dreams together to discern what God wants our church to do next, these are indeed happening times in our First Church faith community.

In keeping with this exciting growth and potential, our Stewardship theme this year is Unbounded Generosity. This term has special meaning for me as your Senior Pastor because it both recognizes the joy and impact our church’s already generous giving has had on our thriving ministries and programs — even as it challenges us to consider how giving can go from being something we do to who we are as disciples of Jesus Christ.

As you prayerfully consider your financial contributions to help support our ministries and programs for the coming year, may I ask a favor of you? Would you please consider completing the enclosed 2018 Commitment Card by November 12?

Because our Finance Committee uses this information to forecast and develop our operating budget for the coming year, it is of tremendous help to know as much as we can about the financial support we will receivefrom our church members. Please note that this pledge is not a legal obligation, and if your financial situation

changes during the year, just let our Business Office know of any changes to your financial commitment to our church.

If each one of us finds a new level of generosity this year, how could that impact the good we are able to do as a church?

How could a deeper commitment to generous giving impact your own spiritual growth?

I invite you now to join me, our clergy, staff, lay leaders, and all of the members of our church as we each enter into our own time of prayer and discernment of what unbounded generosity could be for each of us.

Thank you for all you do and all you are for our church.

Grace and Peace,

Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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 2018 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 ShelbyGive 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. ShelbyNEXT_IMG_3943Launch the app store from your mobile device, search for “Shelby Next Giving,” and install the ShelbyNEXT | Giving app.
  2. Make sure your location services are turned on. When you launch the app, simply choose to search for organizations near you, 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

Honorarium & Memorial Donations

Want to honor a special person or accomplishment?
Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?
make your Honorarium & Memorial Donations

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.

AmazonSmile

Select our church as your charity on your smile.amazon.com account and 0.5 percent of each qualified purchase is donated directly to our church.

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Did you know that Amazon is not only a quick and easy way to shop for just about anything, it is also a simple and automatic way to give to our church? That’s right. With each of your Amazon purchases you can also support FUMCFW when you shop — at no additional cost to you — through something called AmazonSmile.

As one of the largest retailers in the world, Amazon is a site that most of us have visited. From click to cart, it’s a one-stop shop for a broad range of items. Now, through this strange magic of shopping technology, our church is now registered to receive a donation of 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases — automatically — once you do a quick and simple setup on your Amazon account. 

You’ll get the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience — and our church will benefit when you shop. Here’s how it works:

1. Go to smile.amazon.com from your computer or mobile device. If you already have an Amazon account, you can also use it on AmazonSmile. Remember, only purchases at smile.amazon.com (not amazon.com or the mobile app) support First Church, so be sure you are on the smile.amazon.com site to generate a donation from your purchases!

2. Select FUMCFW as the charitable organization that you would like to receive donations from eligible purchases. Amazon will remember your selection for future purchases.

3. Look for “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations.

Simple as that! Now you have even more reason to smile when you shop with the knowledge that you are also giving to our church every time you click “purchase” on qualified items through AmazonSmile!