Your gifts can make the difference

Dear Friends,

As this joyful Season of Advent winds its way into the “Silent Night” of Christmas Eve, I want to bring your attention to three very important and time-sensitive opportunities for giving to our church. One pertains to vital funding for our outreach ministries through our Christmas Offering, the second concerns year-end giving and last but certainly not least, please make sure you have completed funding for your 2018 commitment to our ministry and operating budget. Because of your generosity, we are 83% toward completing our 2018 budget, with 17% ($654,000) remaining to close the gap. If you can make an additional year-end gift, please be sure to deliver, mail, or make your gift online by Monday, December 31.

As you prayerfully consider where you are with the Give portion of your Healthy Plate Discipleship for this year, I encourage you to join our faith community in funding these essential Christmas Offering ministries and bringing our financial year to a successful close.

CHRISTMAS OFFERING

At Christmastime and throughout the year, our faith community brings Peace, Hope, Love, and Joy to the lives of those we serve through our many significant outreach ministries. Please join me in prayerful contribution to this essential part of who we are as a church, reaching out to those in need in the following ways:

Kids Hope USA — We provide mentors who volunteer one hour each week to at-risk children at T.A. Sims and Charles Nash Elementary Schools.
Methodist Justice Ministry — We work to obtain legal protections through court orders for abused women and abused, neglected, and/or at-risk children.
Food 4 Kids — We supply 350 weekend bags of food each week to children in Fort Worth ISD who live in poverty.
Kenya Mission — We provide 250 orphans and other vulnerable children of Kenya with school supplies and tuition support.
Costa Rica Mission — We serve children and families in rural Costa Rica; in the past 12 years we’ve helped build a regional Children’s Worship Center, medical clinic, library, computer lab, and soccer field.
Providence Place (Formerly Methodist Mission Home) — We help young adults with disabilities achieve life/work skills and help provide a wide range of adoption options for families and assistance for expectant mothers considering adoption.
Methodist Children’s Home in Waco, TX — We provide services to more than 1,400 children and youth daily through residential foster care.
Wesleyan Homes — We help provide affordable Retirement Living at many different levels of care to senior adults in this ministry of the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Thank you for your Christmas Offering to help fund these ministries. You can make your gift online, by mail, or dropping it by the Church Office or in the offering plate on Christmas Eve.

YEAR-END GIVING

For your gift to qualify as a charitable deduction on your 2018 income taxes, please be sure to follow these 2018 Year-End Giving Deadlines:

  • Gifts sent to FUMCFW must be postmarked no later than Monday, December 31
  • Credit card gifts must be made by midnight Monday, December 31
  • Gifts of stocks must be received in FUMCFW accounts by Friday, December 28. Please contact the Business Office (817-336-7277) for instructions on electronic transfers of stock.

As a reminder, in planning your year-end gift to FUMCFW, please be aware that in addition to Main Office hours on Sunday morning, December 23, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm, the Church Business Office’s schedule for the week of December 25 is:

Christmas Eve | Monday, December 24
Church Sanctuary open noon – midnight
Business Office closed

Christmas Day | Tuesday, December 25 | Closed

Wednesday, December 26 | Closed

Thursday, December 27 | 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Friday, December 28 | 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

New Year’s Eve | Monday, December 31 | Church closed
Business Office open 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you have additional questions about any of these 2018 giving opportunities, please contact Larry Ammerman (lammerman@myfumc.org | 817-339-3884) or Nancy Fisher (nfisher@myfumc.org | 817-339-5098.

Thank you for all each of you do for our life-changing First Church ministries and programs. I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and many blessings in 2019.

Grace and Peace,

Tim
Dr. Tim Bruster
Senior Pastor

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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. Learn more.

ShelbyNEXT | Giving App

Download the app to give from your smart phone. Learn more.

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