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   April 2019   
This Week's Events


Girl Scout Troop #737-Rebecca Bender
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Troop #737 utilizes the Overflow Room. They meet every Thursday unless there is a church event that would take precedence.
Girl Scout Troop #2005 - Megan Gillihan
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
This Girl Scout Troop meets every Thursday in Class Room #7 unless a church event would then take precedence.
Girl Scout Troop #3653 Julie McCartney
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Girl Scout Troop #3653 meet every Thursday unless there is a church event that would take precedence.


Good Friday Service
7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
First United Methodist will have a Good Friday service at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 19.


Second Miler's Social
The Second Miler's Meet on the third Saturday of each month. Location and times change each month. Please contact someone from the Second Miler's Sunday School Class.
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2016 Giving Commitment Form

Dear First United Methodist Church Friend,

This year we invite you to celebrate the joy of generosity as you offer your commitment card for 2016. We encourage you to find greater contentment and simplicity in your lives as you put God first in your giving and living and to experience the joy that comes from knowing our gifts honor God and change lives. 

Our challenge is to find a way to grow deeper in our faith. One way to do this is to offer our financial blessings to God through our tithes and offerings. Through these gifts, we invest in God’s vision and purpose and create an opportunity for God to work through us. Our gifts to God each week are an act of worship; and our offerings are necessary to change lives, transform communities and renew our church. 

The Bible has much to say about wisdom and finances, with 2,300 verses that tell us to be generous and good stewards of our resources. Jesus taught generosity and sacrifice. He demanded that his followers serve not wealth, but God, and in the parable of the talents he taught that God will hold each of us accountable for what we do with our earthly possessions.

The Bible teaches us to give a tithe, or the first 10 percent of what we earn to God and the church’s work. For some, giving one tenth is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10 percent. The important thing is that you start somewhere, that your giving be in proportion to your income, that your giving reflects an appropriate offering to God given your means, and that your offering express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God’s work. If you are not yet tithing consider taking that step forward this year. If you give 3 percent of your income, consider increasing your giving to 4 percent next year, and add 1 percent each year until you reach your tithing goal. 

Our prayer is that everyone will grow in his or her faith through giving financially to the ministries of the church and experience the blessings that come from financial generosity.  Please bring your completed commitment card to worship with you on Sunday, October 25th. If you are unable to make it to worship, please mail it to the church or drop off during business hours. 

In Christ,
Pastor Laura 


Why do I need to return an estimate of giving card?

There are two reasons why it is important that every member of our church family return a commitment card. First, the process of prayerfully asking God to guide your decision and then returning the card to church is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Second, and on a more practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget and better plan for our ministries and mission outreach programs. 


What if financial hardship prohibits me from making a commitment this year?

Don’t let your inability to give at this time keep you from worship. remember that God honors your faithfulness and that your acceptance at First UMC is not based upon your capacity to give. We ask that everyone return an estimate of giving card even if it is a limited financial commitment at this time. You can always increase or decrease your commitment if you situation changes by calling the church. Also, if you are going through a difficult financial time please let me know so that I can pray for you and your family. Next year we will be offering classes to assist members to become better managers of all that God gives them. The dates and times of these classes will be printed in the bulletin and newsletter.


Why do I need to turn in a new commitment card each year?

Financial situations change from year to year, and if we are growing in our faith, our annual commitment should likewise reflect that giving forth. Each year, our church budget is based upon the growing commitments of our congregation. 


What if I lost my commitment card or didn't receive one in the mail?

We have extra copies at the church and you can pick one up there, or you can CLICK HERE and download one to fill out and bring back to the church.