We will soon be moving into a very special season in the life of the church as we prepare for Thanksgiving. Actually, in every season our main reason for gathering is to offer our thanks and praise to God. I enter this season giving thanks for each of you and the faithfulness you continue to demonstrate in your giving back to God, that is your stewardship.
Because of your faithfulness with your tithes and offerings we have been able to fund our ministries of the church and keep our staff in place during this difficult time. We have been able to offer our worship and ministries virtually because of your faithfulness.
As we look toward 2021, I ask that you prayerfully consider your giving. First, I believe our giving is a spiritual practice. To pause and reflect on all that God is giving us and to give thanks for it, is an opportunity to grow in our faith. Secondly, returning our commitment card helps the church to know what to expect to be given as the 2021 budget is prepared and ministry plans are shaped.
Below you will find your estimate of giving card for 2021. I ask that you pray about this as a family. This is a great teaching opportunity to share with your children, our younger family members, about what it means to tithe, to give our first ten percent of income back to God. It is also an opportunity to talk about the other ways we give back to God with our time and talents. Please fill out and return this card to the church by October 25th. During the Sunday service on the 25th, a special time of prayer will be offered asking God to bless our planned giving.
I recognize that for many, this time of dealing with COVID19 has placed a terrible financial strain on households. Know that you are being prayed for and we certainly understand if you cannot make a pledge at this time.
God’s Peace~ Pastor Jim Miller
To request a pledge card you can contact Jennifer Miller directly via the link below. Or you can print your pledge card at home. Please return all pledge cards to: Grace UMC c/o Jennifer Miller, 119 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.