First United Methodist Church - Wausau Wisconsin
Sunday, November 18, 2018
Live and Share God's Love



A Financial Narrative for November 2018

This is the time of the year when the finance committee and the church talk a lot about “stewardship.” What does this term really mean? I’ve heard some interpret it as the time of “Give, Give, Give!” But I’d like us to see it as much more than just that.

As I described last month, this is when we are putting together the budget, and to be able to balance that, we need to know how much money we can expect to take in. The question is, how do we as members know what we should give? As you’ve doubtless heard, it is up to each one of us to decide what is appropriate for us. And I’ve been warned at stewardship training meetings never to say, “Give us lots of money or we won’t be able to pay the bills.” That’s not going to inspire anyone to contribute.

Instead I’d like for us to think about what the church does for us and what that enables us to do for our community. How can we as Christians be a vital part of that? First and foremost, we need to live our lives as followers of Christ: Attend and help lead worship, participate in faith formation classes, serve at the Personal Needs Closet, help serve the Community Meal, attend Wednesday night dinners at church, participate in a mission trip, etc, etc, etc. Everything we do with others can help build up the relationships with others and Christ that makes us a vital church community. This is the true stewardship we are called to.

But how does that relate to the budget, you ask? This mindset enables us to live a life of abundance, not just asking how we can pay the bills, but realizing that we can give generously of all that we are. Once we realize that, we can begin to think about how we can also give of our material wealth to whatever degree we are called and able. Yes, your financial stewardship is necessary to allow us to pay the bills, but without your commitment to be a faithful Christian, that would be pointless.

So give. Generously. Of all that you have, not just to help balance the budget, but to make our church a living community.

Some of you have faithfully been writing checks to pay down the loan on the church’s parking lot. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Yes, we’re still taking funds for this excellent cause. You can write a separate check, or write a single one and identify how the money is to be split. Either way, we appreciate your contribution toward the physical structures of our church. Thank you, again!

Beautify the Church Office

Did your Norfolk Island Pine get too big for the room while it was outside all summer? Would you like to gift it to a location where people will truly appreciate it? The church office is looking for just such a plant. Call or email Joan at the office to talk about giving your plant a new home.

Help Your Church Do Ministry

Would you like to give of yourself to the church but don’t know how? Do you have a secondary laptop (Windows 10 or newer) at home that you could gift to our ministries? This could be your way to serve the First United Methodist Church is in need of one (or possibly two) laptops. The “Volunteer” computer in the office is old enough that it can’t do the work asked of it. The laptop attached to the projector uses Window 3 and does not support newer PowerPoints or videos.

Mission Giving Without Pain

UMW collects Kwik Trip bottle caps, pull tabs and “box tops for education” for missions. Kwik Trip caps go to Harbor House, a UMW sponsored women’s shelter, “box tops for education” are sent to Redbird Mission in Kentucky, and pull tabs are sent to Ronald McDonald House. For your convenience there are collection baskets in the parlor. And remember, aluminum cans are collected for our own mission trip.