A message from Pastor John...
An Invitation for Thanks-Giving
To our new Church Family:
Anita and I are so thankful for you, UCUMC! We’ve had a very exciting summer and fall together, and we couldn’t be more thankful for landing in this North Charlotte community with you, the Body of Christ. Your loving and gracious welcome, willingness to discover God’s next steps for the church, and recent generous giving all encourage us to our most grateful hearts!
Especially because of some recent additional giving, we are tracking with more hope toward our financial goals for 2017. We’re also having some imaginative meetings among staff and laity as we dream about what’s next. We’re very thankful for all of you who have regularly and faithfully given throughout the year. May God keep providing an abundance of financial resources.
The Boggs family invites you to join us in making a Thanksgiving offering to support our general fund that will push us beyond what any of us might have expected through our recent pastoral and staff transitions. This may be a percentage step up from your regular giving toward tithing, a one time gratitude gift, or in your own estimation, a “catching up” with your intended aggregate contribution.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian Church, inviting them to an offering for the saints in Jerusalem. He told them about the generosity of some poorer neighbors in Macedonia.
"Their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity…they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means, begging us earnestly for the privilege of sharing"
II Corinthians 8:2-4
With abundant joy, and according to your means, we encourage you to bring or send your Thanks - Giving offering over the next couple of weeks! Or, simply begin assessing your situation in order to match your desire to give with your current reality, that your giving may overflow in a wealth of generosity through your very best effort by year’s end.
As we deepen our spiritual leadership, continue building unity among staff and lay leadership, and discover together our greatest usefulness in God’s kingdom work, we pray that you may be richly rewarded with an awareness of God’s blessings in your lives, that our emerging dreams for the next steps of UCUMC may be realized!
Pastor John and Anita Boggs