We know you’re used to hearing about giving in church. Especially lately with the great need left behind by hurricane Harvey. But when was the last time in church that you talked about earning or saving? Is it unchristian to earn money? Is it wrong to save for ourselves and our families?
John Wesley didn’t think so. Wesley, the Christian evangelist and founder of the Methodist movement, gave a remarkable sermon called “The Use of Money.” In it, he said that the important thing isn’t money itself but how we use it. Wesley’s surprising advice still rings true today: earn all you can, save all you can, give all you can.
For four Sundays, beginning on October 22, our church will experience an exciting new stewardship program, Earn. Save. Give.: Wesley’s Simple Rules for Money, developed by popular author and pastor James A. Harnish. The program centers around a book and DVD, in which Harnish describes Wesley’s surprising advice and introduces us each week to faithful Christians who, like all of us, struggle with money.
There will be opportunities in worship, in small groups, in youth and children’s classes, and in devotions for use at home. You’ll hear about the program in worship, in the weekly email, and on our website.
For your consideration, there is a link to our online commitment card for you to think about and pray over during this program. Join us during the program as we learn about earning, saving, and giving.
In Christ, Pastor Tracey
We thank you for your generosity and pray you may find the level of giving that is right for you as you progress in your journey of faith and commitment. Your pledges and contributions are a critical part of how we can make a difference in our church, our community, and our world.
The following “Frequently Asked Questions” can help you understand stewardship and pledging at Westlake United Methodist Church.
We view stewardship as your individual and family’s faith journey to prayerfully consider how God has gifted you with your time, talents and treasures and explore in prayer what you feel that God is asking you to give to our church.
A pledge is your commitment to make a financial gift over the next year that supports the ministries of Westlake United Methodist Church.
Annual pledges support everything we do at Westlake UMC—from paying staff to supporting our outreach ministries to maintaining the buildings that allow us to worship and connect. In order to be strategic as we plan ministry, the church relies on your financial commitments to develop next year’s budget.
Weekly non-pledge offerings amount to 17% of our annual budgeted revenue. The single most important source of funding for our ministries comes from the payment of pledges made during our annual stewardship campaign.
We believe that you should determine your level of giving in prayerful consideration as you progress in your journey of faith and commitment. However, we would ask that you prayerfully consider making a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on your financial situation. Every pledge, no matter the amount, is an important and critical contribution to our efforts to make a difference in our church, our community and our world.
As you consider your pledge for 2018, please keep in mind that our various ministries feel led to pursue ministry opportunities that require at least $1,179,859 to fully fund.
We ask everyone to make a pledge no later than Monday, November 27 by bringing an Committment Card to the church, mailing it, or making a commitment online. This will allow Church Council to do the important work of discerning what ministries, staff and maintenance to fund in 2018.
A pledge is just a commitment to pay. You may fulfill your commitment in as many payments as you wish throughout the year.
You bet! Please contact the church office at 512-327-1335 or visit westlake-umc.org/give to pay via these methods.
We welcome automatic recurring payments as way to fulfill your commitment. Please contact the church office at 512-327-1335 or visit http://westlake-umc.org/stewardship to set up automatic payments.
We know that life happens, if circumstances change you can notify the church to change your pledge. If you’re blessed with unexpected income, you’re always welcome to increase your pledge, too!