The Light of Christ BE with YOU this Stewardship Season!
Thank you for the blessing that you are… for being the light and supporting the ministries of the church with your generous commitment of prayer, presence, gifts, service and witness. Our 2020 was made brighter by the support you extended – in numerous ways – to First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge. We remain a “lighthouse on the ridge” by your generosity. Thank you!
In these times, we are challenged to be the “gathered church.” God in Christ being our helper we ARE the church scattered throughout our neighborhoods, communities and portions of the city. From our respective homes we are shining with the faith, hope and love of Christ bearing the light with the church as our example. We are shining bright on Touhy Avenue – a blessed beacon of grace to one and all. Thanks be to God!
Our church’s stewardship campaign “Blessed to BE the Light” for Year 2021 encourages every member and friend of FUMC to commit to being a part of the great constellation of generous financial support that helps us answer our calling. Our mission as a church remains as it has before the pandemic: We are a Christian community spreading God’s love and welcoming all, offering spiritual growth and opportunities for compassionate service. In other words we are “Blessed to be the Light!”
Your financial giving has helped to continue our services of worship – in person with the start of the year, online and outdoor. You have aided Christian discipleship in our Sunday school and youth programs, given welcome to new families,
supported our dedicated staff, maintained our buildings, provided for outreach and helped to transform lives near and far. These are no small things. Your financial giving enables our congregation to be bright, alive, relevant, faithful and ready for the future whatever it brings.
In our Stewardship mailing, you will find a brochure of our preliminary budget and accompanying narratives explaining how your financial gift is used to support our ministry needs. Our financial need as a congregation is met by our members who provide the bulk of our income towards a budget of $430,000.
You will also find a commitment card (or download the pdf) – a tool to help you indicate your anticipated 2021 gift. Please pray over the commitment card and your 2021 gift. As you consider your commitment of financial support, receive this blessing from the Rev. Jan Richardson:
Blessed are you who bear the light in unbearable times, who testify to its endurance amid the unendurable, who bear witness to its persistence when everything seems in shadow and grief. Blessed are you in whom the light lives, in whom the brightness blazes— your heart a chapel, an altar where in the deepest night can be seen the fire that shines forth in you in unaccountable faith, in stubborn hope, in love that illumines every broken thing it finds.
The church is blessed to receive what your faith is able to share. In this season, you may be in the midst of a great amount of adjustment in your family’s income and ability to contribute to a charitable organization like the church. You are not alone in these times of decision-making. God’s grace and the prayers of the church are with you.
I encourage you to gift the church as you are led by the Spirit. How will you help it to shine? Whatever the amount, it will be like light for the deepest night.
I invite you to return your completed card via the USPS or drop it off to the church office by Monday, November 23. A special drop box can be found in Grant Place entrance.
A church scattered – a church gathered – a church called to share in our prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness the beautifully inclusive, the brightly welcoming, and bolding serving. This is our calling. This is our commitment. With God’s lamp of wisdom, the Light of the World that is Christ Jesus, and by the Spirit’s power, 2021 will be another year of blessed ministry.
The Finance & Stewardship Committee of the First United Methodist Church of Park Ridge and the Rev. David P. Aslesen, Pastor