November 21, 2021
Dear HUMC Member and Friend,
This is the time of year we look to our faithful supporters to consider a pledge of financial support for the coming year. Your annual pledge allows HUMC to plan and operate its ministry and programs within our generously donated resources.
A GREATER PURPOSE
As you consider your planned financial support of the church, we encourage you to do that reflection in two contexts. First, the “greater purpose.” There is something bigger than the current realities of our individual and collective lives. How do you feel God is calling you to a greater purpose?
Second, is the reality that we are living in “uncertain and changing” times. How can we respond to our desire for a greater purpose while navigating all the uncertainties we are experiencing?
For HUMC, the uncertainties and challenges are evident. We have endured the ramifications of the pandemic, including the reality that our current in person attendance is about 2/3 of our former pre-pandemic levels. We know some members have formed new habits (including connecting virtually through our weekly online services), some have relocated out of the area and some of our long-time supporters have passed away. Reaching new families in the pandemic/post-pandemic requires a more intentional outreach beyond our sanctuary. In aggregate, this presents a real and current financial challenge. How can the church itself achieve a “greater purpose” for our members and its mission?
November is our time to receive the anticipated level of your financial support for our ministries for 2022. Our commitment is to continue to care for our congregation and increase our outreach to the community and grow the church as we enter the coming year. However, we need everyone’s support to fully realize that commitment. We entered this current year with a deficit in our budget—so, your support is crucial—every pledge is important.
PLEDGE SUNDAY / NOVEMBER 21
We will share various messages over the coming weeks to help you reflect on your personal level of support for the church that culminates in our dedication of pledges on Sunday November 21st. The easiest way is to complete your pledge card online (and you can easily sign up for a free service to have your pledge payments automatically deducted from your bank account on the weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis that you prefer) through this link: GO TO ONLINE PLEDGE FORM
If you prefer a different method to share your confidential pledge for 2022, please simply call, or email Zed Francis.
Thank you for your generous and truly foundational support of HUMC. We could not be the church we are without your love and dedication. Thank you for your steadfast support as you prayerfully consider how you can live an abundant life with the confidence of a “greater purpose”
Chair, Stewardship and Finance