What Gift Can We Bring

What gift can we bring, what present, what token?
What words can convey it, the joy of this day?
When grateful we come, remembering, rejoicing,
What song can we offer in honor and praise?
(Jane Marshall, Hymn #87, V.1)
The gifts we bring reflect our belief in a God of abundance. God gives more than one loaf; God gives enough bread for everyone. God’s grace and activity is sufficient from beginning to end. And so, as United Methodists, we are invited to GIVE with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness. We GIVE out of love. We GIVE out of joy. We GIVE out of a deep sense of thanksgiving for all God has done for us.

First United Methodist Church is a treasure in the community. It is a force for good and an anchor for so many souls in a noisy, anxious, stressful, and beautiful world. It is a gift to our building partners, a place where we learn together, and a place where we share our joys and our sorrows. It is, in fact, “the gift that we bring” to our community. We are housed in an old building. We know the building needs to be maintained, but the building is not the church, and ultimately, we don’t give because the church has needs. We give because the church meets needs.

As you consider your commitment of time and money for 2022, we encourage you to choose God’s abundance with all its blessings. There is no promise that we will have everything we want, but God does promise to be with us. It’s not an abundance of material possessions that make our lives rich and fulfilled; it is the experience of giving and sharing that brings joy and purpose.

Our proposed budget for 2022 shows a small increase over 2021. As you are able, we hope you’ll consider increasing your current pledge/commitment to the church by 10% or moving toward a tithe by increasing your commitment by 1% of income. God is the great multiplier, and we have faith that God will use our gifts of time and money in ways that we cannot yet imagine.

Pastor Susan Bresser                      John Sheaffer, Stewardship Chair