Our Church Is Good At... Giving

Dear Friends,

Our church is good at… inviting! Each month we’re challenging ourselves to take one step forward in talking about our faith. This month we’re using the phrase “My church is good at…” in conversation and social media as we invite people to University UMC.

Our church is good at… welcoming! In August, we voted to become part of the Reconciling Ministries Network in the United Methodist Church. We adopted this welcome statement: “We invite people of all ages, races, cultures, genders, and sexual orientations to be you, be loved, and belong.”

Our church is good at… mission and social justice! We will advocate, care, and serve in 2017-2018 as we launch our first annual mission and justice theme: A Healthier STL!

Our church is good at… focusing! This year we moved to a simplified board leadership structure. The Leadership Team will focus on the big picture for the church—setting goals, strategic direction, and policy—as we align our ministry and administration with our vision and values.

Our church is good at… generosity! Your gifts help us invite and welcome people to mission justice. Please review your attached giving statement for the first eight months of 2017. Contact Elizabeth Coker at with questions or corrections.

Our church is good at…. taking next steps! We’re good at many things. One thing we’re good at is taking each challenge as it comes. This year’s stewardship campaign is vital for the health of University United Methodist Church. We anticipate a loss of over 8% (about $25,000) in giving in 2018 due to deaths and moves of beloved members in 2017. We are grateful for the people who have supported University UMC in the past, and we want to continue their legacy.

So, if you celebrate the good of this church, will you please consider growing in your giving? We each have been given different gifts from God, so this will be different for different people:

§  If you are one of the fifty households who give occasionally, would you prayerfully consider making a regular commitment? (If your life changes, you can always change the estimate. The important part is to recognize God’s gifts to you, and then intentionally plan to return the first portion of that gift to God.)

§  If you are one of the ten households who regularly give between $500 and $1,000 per year, would you prayerfully consider giving an additional $10 per month?

§  If you are one of the thirty households who give between $1,000 and $5,000 per year, would you prayerfully consider giving an additional $50 per month?

§  If you are one of the twenty households who give over $5,000 per year, would you prayerfully consider giving an extra $100 per month?

Our individual decisions to grow in giving will have a big impact on the life of the community.

On Sunday, October 1, 2017, we will have a special worship service when we indicate our financial commitments on Estimate of Giving cards for 2018. Estimate of Giving cards will be available on Celebrate Giving! Sunday, and you will have time to fill one out during worship.

Every worship participant who completes an Estimate of Giving card will do so voluntarily and in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to fill out a card. The cards include ways to celebrate non-financial gifts as well.

If you are unable to worship on Sunday, October 1, 2017, please mail in your estimate of giving, drop it in the offering plate, or complete it online at www.universityumc.com/giving

After Celebrate Giving! Sunday, the Leadership Team will construct a budget for 2018 based on your generosity. We hope to continue the legacy of what our church is good at --- inviting, welcoming, mission, and social justice --- through each of us growing our giving.

With grateful hearts,

Rev. Diane Kenaston                            Dan Barrett, Lay Leader
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