For generations at this season of the year our ancestors gathered in the harvest — the fruit of their year’s labor. For us, this is a time when we can begin to reflect back on the blessings of the year that is rapidly passing.
Personally, I am very thankful for the ministries of Shandon United Methodist Church — and I hope you are as well. I give thanks for what our church gives to our community and our congregation. For example…
- a preschool where children can sing, laugh, play, learn, grow, and make friends;
- a place where persons struggling with addiction can find the hope of recovery through the ministry of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon;
- a smorgasbord of ministries and activities to plant the seeds of Christian faith in our children and youth;
- Sunday school classes, Bible studies, and small groups in which adults study God’s word and support and encourage each other;
- a variety of joyful and inspiring worship services;
- a place to baptize our children, celebrate the gift of marriage, and honor the end of life for our loved ones;
- hands-on service to local, state, and international missions, as well as several hundred thousand dollars per year of financial support.
None of these things happen on their own. They are the result of faithful stewardship, that is, the generous giving of our time, talent, and treasure to God. A steward is a producer, not merely a consumer. And faithful stewards are what we are called to be.
October 23rd will mark our Consecration Sunday, when we offer God thanks by pledging our gifts to the ministry of our church. You are invited to bring the enclosed Commitment Card to worship with you and offer it to God as the pledge of your faithfulness in 2023. If you are unable to attend on Consecration Sunday, please make your pledge online or mail in your Commitment Card by October 23. The ministries of Shandon United Methodist Church depend on the generosity of people like you. Thank you in advance for your faithful stewardship!
Make a Pledge
We pray you have been investing some time in discerning your continued support of Shandon UMC and our ministries.
As you feel called to respond to the invitation to be a regular, intentional, and generous giver we invite all you to make an estimate of giving—a pledge—which enables our congregation to faithfully plan, imagine possibilities, and commit to partnerships in our community.