Dear Vital Members and Contributors of Second Avenue United Methodist Church:
I want to begin by simply saying thank you. Your generosity in prayer, presence, financial gift, service, and witness to Jesus Christ has contributed to the long standing success of our community of faith. Because of your commitment to Second Avenue, we can be an ever increasing effective witness to Jesus Christ. We are grateful for you, and for the example you set for each of us on what it means to be a faithful steward.
Giving to others is such a joy. Being a partner in movements that change the lives of individuals and enrich our community is so gratifying. That is a secret I wish more people could discover for themselves! Our financial gifts do remarkable things when they are transformed into ministry and mission. I am especially proud of all the events and activities that reach out to the community surrounding us such as the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid Program, VBS, the NAMI Prayer Service, Fall Fest, etc. We are small but we are mighty!
Our God is a generous God – A God who has been revealed in Jesus as GOD who deeply and passionately loves us. Our God is a God of transformation – who changes us, and through us, changes the world. Our Stewardship Program is an invitation to share the love and power of God with others. Through this Stewardship Program, each of us will be challenged to take even bolder steps to invest our whole life into becoming the church God is urging and encouraging us to become. I want to invite you to join me in our decision to increase the size of our financial gift in the coming year. It is a time of great possibility for our congregation and the future of its mission.
Again, I thank you for your support. Giving in the manner that you do does not simply happen – it is the result of faith, trust, intentional choices, and a life of discipline. We join you in the hope of creating a culture of generosity that touches every person in our church. Giving is where we find the true meaning and purpose for our lives.
Please plan to be with us for Commitment Sunday on November 4, 2018 as we dedicate our “Estimated Giving/Pledge Card” on the altar. Not only will we offer our estimates of giving for next year, but we will join together in a church-wide potluck after the service to celebrate the abundance of our God.
In God’s Generosity,
Rev. Millie L. Kim, Lead Pastor
Jim Burton, Stewardship Chair