Our preliminary numbers confirm a reality that we already knew to be true—LAUMC is an extravagantly generous church! As of the end of May, our congregation submitted more than 200 commitment cards totaling more than $1.5 million for the upcoming fiscal year, beginning on July 1. These numbers are trending in line with last year’s totals, which suggests that last year’s uptick was not a one year aberration, but rather a new trend in generous giving. Our current commitments will help us sustain the ministries and programs of the church, but to continue growing and expanding our impact, we will need to grow and expand our giving. For those of you who submitted a commitment card and celebrated with us at the chocolate fountain on May 19, thank you for your willingness to faithfully support the overflowing ministries of LAUMC. Your gifts enable this church to continue touching heaven and changing earth with head, heart, and hands.
The church will gladly continue to accept commitment cards through the end of June. Pick up a commitment card at church or submit your commitment online. All members who made a commitment will be receiving a note of thanks from the church, verifying your commitment. Finally, remember that these commitments are for the 2019–20 fiscal year, which begins on July 1. If you need to update your automatic giving settings online, please do so by then.
Nothing is more nerve-wracking than being the first one to step out in faith and risk something big. The good news is, as Christians, we come from a long line of risk-takers and changemakers who chose faith over fear in their efforts to build God’s kingdom on earth. This month at LAUMC, we’ll be hearing all about the Changemaker Initiative, along with some inspiring stories from the earliest apostles who risked everything to answer God’s call. It’s the perfect time for all of us to consider again what God is calling us to risk, in order that we might make a positive change in our world.
Pick up discussion questions and a commitment card at church. We hope that you’ll engage with the questions about the spiritual practice of giving—at home, in small groups, and at Conversational Church. These conversations are designed to prepare our minds and hearts for Commitment Sunday. On May 6, we ask that you bring your completed commitment card to worship as you declare, “Count Me In!” (You may pledge online instead, if you prefer.)
If we truly desire to become a changemaker church, and if we truly desire to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ, the church needs OUR financial support to realize those dreams. The Extravagant Generosity team and many other church leaders have already said “Count Me In,” and we look forward to leading our community through this season of conversations and commitments. We hope you’ll follow suit so that, together, we can continue the legacy of love, grace, and compassion that began so long ago.