If you have seen this week’s Moment with Mike, “bless your heart” for having to endure me towards the end of the segment. I asked if I could join him on this week’s segment to give a brief Stewardship Campaign update coupled with my appreciation.
FINISH STRONG CAMPAIGN
These are interesting times for our community when it comes to philanthropy. All churches, and as well, other nonprofits throughout our community are experiencing a down trend in giving. Here at First Church, we are similarly challenged.
Recognizing that giving does go down in the summer, we are behind as of September 30 which has the potential of impacting our year-end in the way of not fully funding all of our vital ministries. We are asking you to help us FINISH STRONG.
If you been out for the summer and have missed giving opportunities or fallen behind on your 2019 commitment, we understand. Please make an intentional plan to get back on track in your giving.
If you have not made a gift this year to our Ministry and Operating Funds, please prayerfully and thankfully take action today by making a gift to the Finish Strong Campaign.
If you are faithful in your giving and are on track with your 2019 Commitment or have already fulfilled this year’s commitment, thank you! Please prayerfully and thankfully make an additional sacrificial gift over and above your current giving and designate it for our Finish Strong Campaign.
We are making it easy for you. Click on the button below to give online and using the dropdown menu, highlight Finish Strong and complete your transaction with payment information.
This is a time to come together and celebrate the blessings of our faith community and to honor our loving God with our gifts.
Thank you for your discipleship of giving. You are making our life-changing ministries possible.
Together we can Finish Strong!
Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.
— Ephesians 3:20
During this past year, we have seen growth in every part of our congregation, even through the challenges of our denomination’s issues. People have experienced the love and grace of God, the joy and fulfillment in serving others, and how the lives of many are being transformed through the ministries and outreach programs of our church.Read more
Before you fill out your 2020 Commitment Card, I want you to join me in the following IMAGINE exercise:
Begin by becoming intentional, consistent, open-minded and joyful in your Healthy Plate discipleship practice. Look at life through a Christ-focused lens and seek to become open and aware to your God-given purpose.
What happens after I turn in my Commitment to Ministry and Operating Fund card?
You will receive a note of thanks and acknowledgment that we have received your commitment card. We’ll then enter your commitment information into our First Church database and update your giving record as we receive your gifts toward fulfilling your commitment.
How long is my commitment?
This commitment to our First Church Ministry and Operating Fund is a one-year Commitment from January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
May I give more than I originally committed?
You most certainly can. We are grateful for additional gifts over and above your original commitment.
Do the special seasonal offerings during Advent and Lent (second-mile offerings) and other designated gifts count toward my annual commitment?
Designated gifts, such as gifts to support a specific program or ministry (i.e. outreach ministries such as First Street Methodist Mission, Kids Hope USA Mentoring, Methodist Justice Ministry), “legacy gifts” to the First Methodist Church of Fort Worth Foundation, or gifts to specific ministries within the church such as Choral Union, Media Ministries, Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, etc., as well as all “second mile” (Christmas and Easter offering) gifts are very important and deeply appreciated, but they do not count toward your annual Ministry and Operating Fund commitment.
What if I experience a job loss or health crisis that makes it challenging to fulfill my 2020 commitment?
We know that “life happens.” If you are faced with a financial setback, please consider sharing as much as you are comfortable sharing by discussing your circumstances with Steve Fagan, Business Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org | 817-339-5085), or Nancy Fisher, Director of Stewardship (email@example.com | 817-339-5098). Not only will this give us an opportunity to pray for better days for you; it also makes us aware that you may not be able to give at the level you had planned to give. We will not ask any more from you but will hold you up in prayer.
The Business Office still has my credit card information on file from my 2019 Commitment. Do I still need to complete the 2020 Commitment Card if my credit card information remains the same?
Yes. We never take for granted that your Commitment is ongoing, so for budgeting purposes and to confirm your continued Commitment, we ask that you please complete a new card each year. We also ask that you provide your credit card (or bank account information if we are drafting on your account) again each year when you turn in your Commitment Card.
May I complete my Commitment Card online?
Yes! You can complete your 2020 Commitment online below.
Am I giving to God first?
God has created all that is. We are given the privilege and responsibility to care for that which belongs to our heavenly Father. We give to God not out of obligation or guilt but out of gratitude for all that God has already done for us.
Am I intentional?
Have you developed a giving plan for your gifts to the church and put it into action? This may mean signing an annual commitment card, having automatic payments set up for your credit card or bank, or it might mean writing out a check for each month and putting them in stamped envelopes, each to be mailed on a certain day of each month.
Am I consistent?
When you follow your giving plan, your giving becomes consistent. Whatever your chosen pattern of giving — a weekly gift or the first Sunday of every month, or perhaps one gift in June or December. The key is making that plan and following it to become a consistent giver.
Am I generous?
Generosity looks different to everyone — and may change with the seasons of our lives. Generosity is an act of faith and a covenant between God and you.
Am I a cheerful giver?
The key to becoming a cheerful giver is to practice the stewardship values of generosity, intentionality, consistency, prioritizing. You will find joy as you discover what God is calling you to do.
During this past year, we have seen growth in every part of our congregation, even through the challenges of our denomination’s issues. People have experienced the love and grace of God, the joy and fulfillment in serving others, and how the lives of many are being transformed through the ministries and outreach programs of our church. This is all made possible by God at work in the lives and generous gifts of the members of this congregation.
Our stewardship theme this year is IMAGINE, which captures both the vision of those who went before us and the vision God is giving us in our time for the future of our church. We’ll kick off our stewardship campaign on Sunday, October 27, exactly 90 years since the Sunday our church celebrated in worship a major step in fulfilling the vision God gave them in their day, breaking ground two days later on our current building. In two combined services of worship and celebration at 9:30 and 11:00 am, all of our worshipping communities — Sanctuary worship, The Gathering, eleven:eleven, and DiscipleChurch — will come together to IMAGINE all that God will do through us in the coming year.
In gratitude and recognition of your past giving to the Ministry and Operating Fund of our church — and for your part in how we IMAGINE what we can do in the year to come — I ask two things of you:
First, please join me, our clergy, staff, lay leaders, and members of our church in prayerful and careful consideration of increasing our financial contribution to support the ministries and programs of our church for the coming year.
Then, please complete your 2020 Commitment Card and return it by November 17.
If we each step up our giving in proportion to all we have received, IMAGINE what a difference that will make in the life of each giver and in the many lives transformed by the ministries of our church.
Thank you for all you do for our church.
Grace and Peace,
Dr. Tim Bruster
Dear First Church Friends,
Over the next four weeks we are celebrating our Stewardship Ministry and Annual Campaign. But before you fill out your 2020 Commitment Card, I want you to join me in the following IMAGINE exercise:
Begin by becoming intentional, consistent, open-minded and joyful in your Healthy Plate discipleship practice.
Look at life through a Christ-focused lens and seek to become open and aware to your God-given purpose.
And, when it comes to your discipleship practice of Giving, I encourage you to begin your approach to Stewardship by intentionally putting God first. In each instance when you are living into the Christian practice of GIVING, stop for a moment and ask yourself, “What would God want me to do with this opportunity?”
When we intentionally put God first, we begin living out this Christian practice in ways that are consistent, generous, and joyful. As we allow these values to elevate our generosity, we also grow significantly in our relationship with God as we more fully live into our God-given purpose.
Imagine how the intentional shift to putting God first could transform you.
Imagine how a church full of people putting God first could transform in our community.
Imagine how our church, putting God first, could transform our world.
Together, we can do far more than IMAGINE.
When we live out our God-given purpose, putting God first, what we imagine becomes our reality.
My hope is that when you complete your 2020 Commitment card, you take a moment of prayerful consideration to consider God’s blessings on your life — and how you might begin to put God first to share those blessings with others.
And don’t forget to IMAGINE what might happen if each of us makes this commitment together!
I look forward to being in celebration with you over the next four weeks.
Together in Christ,
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
Ways to Give
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 the amount you would like to give to 817-241-2327.
- 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.)
- Enter your credit or debit card information.
- Tap “Give” to process your donation.
- Look for a confirmation text to verify that your donation and registration were successful.
- 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.
- Launch the app store from your mobile device, search for “Shelby Next Giving,” and install the ShelbyNEXT | Giving app.
- 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).
- Log in or create a donor profile through the app’s secure third-party website.
- Make a donation by tapping “Give.”
- Enter your donation amount.
- 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.
- Select a ministry fund from the drop-down list.
- Choose your frequency. You can give a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation for any day, weekly, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly.
- Tap “Next” to process your donation.
- “History”— shows your contribution history
- “Settings” — adjusts your payment methods, personal information, and account details
Contact: Business Office | 817-336-7277
Add Payment Method
Give Once or Schedule Giving
Honorary & Memorial Donations
Want to honor a special person or accomplishment? Feel moved to make a gift in memory of someone you care about?
Please contact the Business Office (817-339-5090) if you have any questions.
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.
Other Giving Options
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.
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.
The formal aspect of the 2020 Imagine Annual Stewardship Campaign concluded last Sunday. Over the last four weeks, our pastors and worship team knocked it out of the park. They shared their personal stories on giving and challenged us to think about how our relationship with money influences our stewardship.
Guest Blogger: Dave Alvarado, Stewardship Ministry Leadership Team
My wife Allison and I host a Healthy Plate Discipleship breakfast several times a year, so we spend a lot of time talking about the areas of discipleship — Worship, Play, Pray, Learn, Serve, and Give.