As followers of the living Christ, we are inspired daily to commit ourselves to a more holy way of living. The word for this practice is
, which is literally the act of setting something aside for a holy purpose. Annually, Grace United Methodist Church calls on our community to consider prayerfully consecrating a percentage of your income to support the mission and ministry of this congregation. In doing this, we are asking for more than money to pay the bills, we are asking each person to commit to grow in relationship with God by offering a portion of your gifts for
a holy purpose.
In prayerful discernment of how to best honor this holy work, the Finance Committee of Grace UMC has selected the New Consecration Sunday Stewardship Program as a way to teach the biblical and spiritual principles of generous giving in our stewardship education emphasis this year.
New Consecration Sunday
is based on the biblical philosophy of the need of the giver to give for his or her own spiritual development, rather than on the need of the church to receive. Instead of treating people like members of a social club who should pay dues, we will treat people like followers of Jesus Christ who want to give unselfishly as an act of discipleship. New Consecration Sunday encourages people toward proportionate and systematic giving in response to the question:
"What percentage of my income is God calling me to give?"
During morning worship on Consecration Sunday, November 12, 2017, we are asking our attendees and members to make their financial commitments to our church's missionary, benevolent, and educational ministries in this community and around the world. Every attendee
and member who completes an Estimate of Giving Card does so voluntarily by attending morning worship on Consecration Sunday. We also urge people to attend who feel strongly opposed to completing a card. We offer the cards in such a way that no one feels personal embarrassment if he or she chooses not to complete one.
Additionally, we will not do any home solicitation to ask people to complete cards. During morning worship, we will conduct a brief period of instruction and inspiration, culminating in members making their commitments as a confidential act of worship.
Since we will make no follow-up visits to ask people to complete their cards, the Stewardship and Finance Teams will make every effort to inform, inspire, and commit that everyone attends Consecration Sunday worship.
Thanks in advance for your enthusiastic participation in Consecration Sunday events!
Finance Chair, Grace UMC