May 1st, 2017
The GO Team has finalized the 2017/2018 Faith Promise budget and we want to share it with the congregation. We are so grateful for those of you who have pledged a Faith Promise gift for missions this year. Thank you for your faithfulness that allows us to budget for the year. Our continued prayer is that this church will align itself with the purposes of God and be the hands and feet of Christ on earth. In the coming mission year we will provide funds for thirty-three mission partners working in our Jerusalem (local), Judea (regional), Samaria ( places we tend to avoid) and to the Ends of the Earth (international) (Acts 1:8). Lives are being changed and transformed through these valued partners, and your support is so valuable to them. Your Faith Promise commitment is truly impacting lives!
In this year’s Faith Promise campaign, 183 of you pledged a total of $160,026 for the coming fiscal year (April 2017-March 2018). At this time last year, we received 99 pledges totaling $93,198 for the coming fiscal year (April 2016-March 2017). We are grateful to God for an increase of $66,828 this year! Please join us in thanking God for the increase in Faith Promise this year.
The GO Team has spent the month of April reviewing the Faith Promise budget, which is based on an evaluation of cash on hand and pledges for the coming year. After praying for guidance, soliciting discussion from the congregation and much discussion among the GO Team we decided to add only one new partner and become more meaningful contributors to our current partners. Our focus continues to be on partners who encourage and invite our members to serve alongside them in their place of ministry. Those partners who had the greatest increase are the ones who have best engaged our members in hands-on opportunities to serve. For example, we doubled GO’s contribution to Huntsville First Youth Mission Trips, as the youth has been our primary ambassadors to mission over the last several years. New Futures Family Lodge was added as a new partner because we have had dozens of our members serving at New Futures over the last few years and they tell of great things happening there.
The GO Team financials are available for your review on the back of this sheet. They show you exactly who received Faith Promise funds last year. In addition, you can review the 2017/2018 plan for how the Faith Promise funds will be allocated in the coming twelve months. The financials will also be posted on the church website so you can access them in the future.
You may have questions about Faith Promise, and we want to
be available to answer those. A list of
frequently asked questions is on the website. If you have any other questions or comments about Faith Promise, the
financials, or anything to do with missions, please contact John Bailey, Mary
It is a joy to serve with you!
John Bailey, Missions and Evangelism Pastor
Mary Ena Heath, GO Team Chair
Bill Gilchrist, GO Team Finance Chair
Faith Promise is a new idea to many of us, but it has
been around a number of years and is being used effectively by many
churches to support all areas of their mission programs. It is the new
way that Huntsville First United Methodist Church will begin funding our
mission programs and global outreach for 2012 and beyond.