We are giving FUMCFW generosity a face . . .
In the months ahead you will be hearing from First Church members on generosity. While you will recognize some, you will be meeting other new folks. You may see them in the pulpit, read about them in an issue of CONNECT Magazine, or see them on the church website and social media pages.
I appreciate each for their willingness to share their personal attitude on generosity. I think we will also find that these people weave a common thread between a thankful heart and a generous spirit. I hope they will inspire you like they have inspired me.
I recently enjoyed a lunch with two such people — Amanda and Murphy Parks. Out of our conversation came some wonderful suggestions on how we can do some things better as a faith community. Plus, Murphy mentioned that he sensed such positive energy at First Church. I am thankful to the Parks for being one of the reasons for this positive energy!
Murphy’s email to me earlier in the year when he turned in his 2017 pledge card included this personal note: “Please thank Mister Mark for his work in the children’s program, Casey for her work in the Confirmation Class, Lance for his work in The Gathering, and our great classmates in Genesis Couples. We appreciate being part of the FUMCFW family.”
There it is: an expression of gratitude coupled with a show of generosity! Didn’t your heart swell just a bit when you read his comment? Did you not also silently echo similar thoughts of thankfulness for FUMCFW?
That positive energy mentioned by Murphy is ignited from acts of gratitude and generosity from within our congregation — individuals who are putting into practice the wise charge found in Hebrews 10:24: “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds . . .”
I am thankful for the Parks and for their spark! I am thankful for the many First Church faces of generosity! Because of the generosity and gratitude of our church family, FUMCFW’s future is bright.