Stewardship at MUMC
What would the world be like without God’s Church? What would our little part of the world in northwest Montgomery County be like without the presence of Montgomery United Methodist Church? What would our lives be like without this place and this church family to call home?
Several months ago, a few of us in the church began discussing what stewardship really means, and what our church’s annual stewardship emphasis should look like this year. Two things immediately came up. The first was, “Why does stewardship even need a special emphasis time each year? Shouldn’t we all know that the church needs our continued support, financial and otherwise, every day of the year? Do we really need to be reminded once every year? Shouldn’t it be within us all year long?”
Secondly, someone pointed out that stewardship means so much more than just financial giving. It takes all kinds of support to keep our church thriving…including the five ways that each of us commits to give support when we join the church, with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and our witness!
Our theme this year for the Stewardship Committee is “Turning on the Light”. If you’ve ever spent time volunteering in a ministry in the church, whether it’s teaching a Sunday school class, singing in the choir, serving on a committee, or helping to distribute food to the needy, you have probably experienced how God’s LIGHT can be turned on inside of you through that mere act of service. In another sense, the vital ministries of our church are helping to turn on God’s LIGHT in our community, as we serve others outside of our church. And of course, it goes without saying that none of this can happen in our church unless we first support our church’s fiscal needs, to keep the bills paid and the LIGHTs on!
In the coming months, I hope you will take notice of all the ways in which the powerful ministries of Montgomery UMC are “Turning on the Light” in your own life, in the lives of others within our church, and in the life of our community. You’ll be seeing some great examples of this around our church hallways and in our worship services.
Yes, our continued financial gifts are always needed in the church. Without them our church would simply cease to exist. But there’s so much more to being a good steward! Pray for our church. Support it with your presence. Support it with your financial gifts, and the gift of your talents. Serve your church and community by getting involved. Be a witness to others with the love of God present in your heart. In all these ways, we truly experience the act of stewardship.
Paul Fisher, Chairman
MUMC Stewardship Committee