2020 Annual Giving Campaign: “Focus”
Each year, members of Royston First United Methodist Church are asked to complete an Annual Giving Commitment Card as we make plans for the coming year. Annual giving supports the operating expenses of the church – our on-going ministries. An annual commitment serves several purposes:
- This is a time for individuals and families to spend time in prayer, reflecting on God’s blessings, and recommitting to loving God with your head, heart and hands.
- On a practical level, this is a good time to review your financial budget and make sure it reflects your priorities.
- Presenting our commitments to God is an act of worship we share as a community, as we ask God to bless and use our gifts.
- For the church, annual giving commitments help us set ministry budgets for the coming year and make the most of the resources committed to God’s work through us
Filling out your card is an act of Christian discipleship and an expression of your faith. It is also an investment in the lives of every person who will be affected by our church in the coming year.
We will present our 2020 commitments to God during worship on November 17, 2019. If you are unable to return an Annual Giving Commitment Card by November 17, and would like to make a commitment, please contact our church office at 706-245-7402.
Good Stewardship Practices Result in Great Generosity!
“Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.”
– 2 Corinthians 8:2
At Royston First UMC, stewardship is not simply a means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.
The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God’s generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God’s economic resources.
United Methodist Approach to Stewardship
“Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can.”
– John Wesley
John Wesley modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of “methodists” took weekly offerings to help others in need.
Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God’s children… whenever and wherever we can – just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit, and hands of God’s outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.
Practicing Stewardship & Generosity
How can you learn and practice good Christian stewardship?
- Set up (and live by) an annual budget.
- Pray about giving regularly to God’s ministry and mission through Royston First United Methodist Church.
- Model the humility and generosity God to which calls you.
- Take a class like Financial Peace University for help with debt management and financial planning.
- Establish a schedule to tithe 10% of your annual income, or begin by tithing one week of every month.
- Give of your time, talents and finances to missions and community outreach.
- Remember Royston First United Methodist Church in your will or estate plan.
- Join the Stewardship and Generosity Team.