“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
— Helen Keller
It’s that time of year, and “fill out your pledge card” is on my list of to-dos. However, for some reason this year as I sat down to fill out that card, I asked myself, “Why do I give?”
I grew up in the Methodist Church. My mother was the Director of the Preschool, and my father has always held various positions of leadership at our church. I knew from an early age the importance my parents placed on tithing; they made a financial commitment every year to our church — and sometimes that meant that we delayed personal purchases so that our commitment was kept. My father’s explanation was always, “We all have to do our part.”
Yet I don’t think I ever really understood how important it is for the members of a church to be committed financially to its success until I started working at FUMCFW. It was then that I realized how much goes on behind the scenes; how much preparation goes into every worship service every single week — and how many people it involves.
It was then that I understood what my father was really trying to tell me: everyone’s gifts — no matter how small they may seem — are necessary and important to the survival of a church. If everyone is committed and does what they can, FUMCFW will continue to thrive!
Every day I come to work, I realize the talents and gifts of our staff and clergy, coupled with those of our congregation, have an effect in our community. Together, we make a difference. And that is why I give — why I choose to support this church financially: my individual commitment to the stewardship of this church as a whole does make a difference. As my dad said, “We all have to do our part.”
Lisa Helm is the Director of Welcoming Ministries, a ministry devoted to making sure all who enter our campus feel welcome, safe, and cared for by our church — on Sundays and beyond!