In God We Trust - Generosity 2021 | First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge

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Money is a sensitive issue in our culture, something many of us prefer not to talk about. This year, because of the financial hardship caused by COVID-19, the financial uncertainty caused by the Presidential election, etc., we considered backing off of the “money talk”. But then we felt a nudge from the Holy Spirit. This year, more than ever, we need to hear God’s message about faith and money. This year, more than ever, we need to weigh and examine where we put our trust. This year, more than ever, we need to realize our relationship to money is a spiritual thing.

Starting January 17, 2021 our theme for worship at First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge will be "In God We Trust". It will be a Biblical, spiritual, and inspirational journey designed to enrich our understanding of what it means to live every day trusting God in all aspects of our lives, including our money.

Then on February 7, we will ask our members and friends to make a commitment to the practice of generosity by making a financial commitment to First United Methodist Church.

Our emphasis on generosity is not built on the need of our church to fund its budget, but rather on the importance of giving as a part of one’s own spiritual journey and relationship with Christ.

We invite each of you to consider making a more intentional and personal response to God’s grace in proportion to the blessings He has bestowed on your life. To assist you in this process, we encourage you to:

• Participate in worship: Online, Onsite, or on TV in the coming weeks.

• Prepare your heart through morning prayer and devotional time at 7 am (Monday-Saturday) on www.facebook.com/FUMCBR.

For more information visit www.firstmethodist.org/generosity.

PRAY

SET A GOAL

ACT

PREPARE

CULTIVATE

WORSHIP WITH GRATITUDE

GENEROSITY 2021

IN GOD

WE TRUST

IN GOD WE

TRUST SUNDAY

February 7, 2021

join us for a special morning of

worship, praise & thanksgiving


IT’S ABOUT

JOY

Generosity changes

us, filling us with joy

and filling our lives

with blessing. When

we are generous with

what we have, we find

that unexpected

blessings flow back

into our lives, catching

us by surprise.

Generosity is not our

way of raising a

budget–it’s god’s way

of raising disciples.

IT’S A SPIRITUAL ISSUE

Generosity is directly linked to

following Jesus. How we use our

resources is a spiritual matter, not

just a financial one. Our financial

decisions are often a reflection of

our priorities and what we value.

IT’S IMPORTANT TO JESUS

Jesus spoke openly about the

issue of money and possessions.

As followers of Jesus, we should

not be reluctant to talk about

giving as an outward expression

of our commitment to Christ.

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE

BUDGET

God does not need our money;

rather, we need to give it as an act

of thanksgiving and trust. The

temptation in the stewardship

process is to approach the financial needs of the church from a

fundraising perspective–to fund a budget. Our generosity perspective

places more emphasis on the spiritual nature of the effort.

IT’S ABOUT TRUST

WHY WE

GIVE

As we grow in grace, we learn to depend less on ourselves and more on

God: to relinquish attitudes and habits that impede our

relationship with God.

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MAKING DISCIPLES

of Jesus Christ for the transformation of

the world

[OUR MISSION- it’s what we do]

GOING & FINDING

those who are seeking God, but n

Church, and inviting them to know

[OUR STRATEGY- how we do it]


It is God’s intention that we grow, live generously, and learn to trust

God more as we become more aware of how richly we are blessed.

Between now and In God We Trust Sunday, we invite you to reflect on

your personal giving and how gratitude for God’s grace is reflected in

your practice of generosity.

PRAY

for God to lead you to trust Him more with your life and your resources,

thank God for your blessings and ask for guidance and discernment.

JOIN US FOR

MORNING

PRAYER

Monday-Saturday, 7:00 am online at:

• www.facebook.com/FUMCBR/live/

• https://firstmethodist.online.church

PREPARE

to give proportionately, by setting a goal. Determine your current giving as a

percentage of your income.

• If you’re not currently tithing (giving 10% of your income), start with

a lower percentage, then make a plan to increase it yearly, growing

toward the tithe.

• Remember, the important thing is to begin the spiritual discipline

of regular, consistent giving.

CULTIVATE

a deeper sense of gratitude and discover the joy of giving by trusting

God with your life and your resources.

ACT

Join us for a special morning of worship, praise and thanksgiving on

February 7, 2021. During worship, you will be invited to fill out an

Estimate of Giving card as an act of worship. Cards will be available

onsite and online at www.firstmethodist.org/generosity. This year we will

also host a drive-through drop off time from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the

parking lot of FUMC.

ot connected to the

God by following

LOVE 3

people who are growing in their love of God, love

of themselves and love of others

[OUR MEASURE- how we know we’re getting it right]


IN GOD WE TRUST SUNDAY

February 7, 2021

Celebrate the joy, as we offer back to God a portion of his

generous blessings to us on this special day!

This will be an exciting time in the life of our church as we

seek to draw nearer to God and to affirm our heart’s desire

to live by the words “Trust In God.”

We invite everyone to fill out and turn in an estimate of

giving card on February 7, 2021 during onsite or online

worship.

WAYS TO TURN IN YOUR 2021 ESTIMATE OF GIVING:

Onsite During Worship

Estimate of Giving cards will be available in worship on

February 7, 2021.

Online During Worship

Visit www.firstmethodist.org/generosity to fill out an

Estimate of Giving form online and will be available

online, beginning February 7, 2021.

Drive-through Drop Off

Drop your card off after worship on February 7, 2021 at

our drive-through drop off from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the

parking lot of First United Methodist Church.

We want everyone to feel comfortable participating in this

celebration, so rest assured, all responses will be kept

confidential.

First United

Methodist Church

of Baton Rouge

225-383-4777

www.firstmethodist.org

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