By Pastor David Kalas
Giving is an act of worship, an expression of love, and a response of gratitude. Giving is a part of how we honor God and acknowledge Him as the giver of all that we have. Giving is a way that we imitate Him and become more like Him. Giving is one aspect of our stewardship and discipleship. Giving is a means of supporting and advancing God's work in this world. And giving is one of the ways that we meet human need in our community and around the world.
Giving, therefore, is one of the loveliest and grandest things that you and I can do.
At First United Methodist Church, we aspire to be great givers. Not because that helps the church budget, but because generosity is a hallmark of the saints.
In November 2011, Pastor Kalas shared with the congregation his vision of how we are invited to give.
In November 2012, he added this personal message to the church family about our giving in the church.
In the midst of a sermon series on The Ten Commandments, we discovered some of the significance of tithing.
In November 2013, he offered his understanding of what real Christian stewardship is about -- and it goes beyond just what we give to the church.
And in 2014, we explored what it means to live out of an understanding that, whatever we have, it all belongs to someone else: A Sacred Trust, A Dotted Line, A Thousand Hills, A Question of Caring
Pledging is not the same thing as giving. A pledge is a promise to give, and it carries two benefits.
For the church, pledges are an essential part of the budgeting process. The church's committees are better able to make their plans for each year if they begin with a sense for the congregation's level of giving.
But pledges are important for the individual, as well. My pledge, after all, is one of the commitment that I have made, and I am defined by my commitments. They shape my life. They keep me from being driven by lesser things, like moods and appetites. They reflect and they implement my priorities.
And so we encourage our friends and members to pledge. You can obtain a pledge card from the church, which you may fill out and return. Or you can complete an online pledge form, which will go directly to our Financial Manager.
Thank you for both your giving and your pledging!
If you missed the sermon, "Altar Call" on November 20, 2016, you can view it via Livestream at this link: Altar Call.