Stewardship

Dear Church Family,

With this letter we begin our stewardship emphasis for the new church year, using the theme “Together in Christ.” We have an opportunity to join each other to meet the needs of a growing, vibrant congregation of believers who in Christ are always seeking to be His hands in a troubled world. Herb Mather wrote that “Christian giving is a responsive act. It represents gratitude to God. It is a symbol of self-giving. Therefore, giving is not a once-for-all event, but a regular part of life. It is a spiritual discipline that reminds us who we are and whose we are.” “Together in Christ” focuses our stewardship on our own time, talents, treasures, and prayers by letting our spiritual lives guide us to acknowledge and appreciate all the blessings God so graciously gives us.

As you pray for the work of our church, please pray seriously about what you can do to support the financial needs for the budget in the coming year. Also, please pray about how you can be a good steward of your time, talents, and prayers, all of which strengthen the spiritual discipline “that reminds us who we are and whose we are.” In II Corinthians 9:6 we are told to “Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously.” Let us sow abundantly and reap abundantly “Together in Christ.”

Our goal is for 250 families to pledge support to the “Together in Christ” emphasis, and the budget goal for the coming year is $1,837,432.91. Together in Christ we exceeded last year’s goal, and we can do the same in the coming year with your help.

Sincerely,

Bert Vaughn
Stewardship Chairman

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“Remember this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will reap generously.”

II Corinthians 9:6

Time

Your gift of time is unique because you are the only one who can give it! HOW ARE YOU GOING TO FILL THE TIME YOU HAVE TO GIVE?

Hopefully with family and friends, work, laughter, and activities that bring you happiness. Hopefully as well, with a generous response to God to deepen your relationship with Him and deepen the understanding of his word. As you think about the gift of TIME you can offer to God in the coming year, here are some suggestions for how you can fully understand God’s love for you.

  • Participate and become actively involved in Sunday School.
  • Make sure your children and grandchildren are actively involved in our children’s and youth ministries.
  • Make attending Sunday morning services a priority.
  • Foster faith practices at home through prayer, Bible study and daily devotionals.
Talent

Your gift of talent is a special gift only you can give. HOW CAN YOU SHARE YOUR TALENT AND GIFTS WITH OUR CHURCH FAMILY?

When you consider your annual commitment to use your talents, we are encouraging you to consider offering your talent to the stewardship of our community and those we seek to impact. Think about the gift of TALENT you can offer God in the year ahead. Here are some suggestions:

  • Volunteer to serve in one of our internal ministries: children, youth, benevolence, and music to name a few.
  • Volunteer for one of our many Outreach Ministries.
  • Feed those who are hungry.
  • Pray for those in need and find ways to offer a helping hand.
Treasure

Your gift of treasure is a direct gift only you can give. God has blessed you with your financial resources. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE THOSE RESOURCES WELL?

God owns everything, we are simply managers acting on God’s behalf. “It is in giving that we receive,” said St. Francis of Assisi. When you consider your annual commitment to the use of your treasure, we encourage you to consider the importance of budgeting for your family’s needs and for helping First Baptist Church fulfill its mission. Does FBC have a place in your yearly budget?
Ways to pledge:

  • Email Linda Beard at lbeard@fbcrome.org
  • Complete and return the pledge card you received in the mail.
Prayer

Your gift of prayer is one of the most powerful tools God has given you. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO USE THIS POWER?

Persistent and consistent prayer is an unstoppable force and releases the power of God’s blessing on our lives and circumstances. How can you use the power of prayer to change your life and the lives of others?

  • Pray for the pastor search committee and the one God is preparing to serve our congregation.
  • Pray for our nation.
  • Pray for family, friends and church members.
  • Pray for God’s will on your life.

When I was an older teenage boy, my daddy’s example inspired my spiritual and stewardship development in a simple but special way. When I would come home late on Saturday night, three things were always there on the kitchen table: Daddy’s open Sunday school book, his open Bible, and his check to the church for a tithe of his weekly income. These things, which reminded me that I had some studying to do before bed, spoke to me of my daddy’s commitment to Christ in his life and to the church and its ministries. This weekly check to the church was the only check I ever remember seeing him write, but many years later this simple experience still resonates within my heart. I am grateful for a home where “Together in Christ,” my parents’ example helped my spiritual and stewardship commitment to Christ.

Bert Vaughn

Chairman of the Stewardship Committee