WSUMC Stewardship Campaign: Releasing God’s Blessings

Christine Hait, Chair, Stewardship Campaign Committee Chair

If you are like me, when you count your blessings, you count as one of your dearest blessings Washington Street United Methodist Church. This October, as a congregation, we will be counting our blessings and reflecting on how God blesses us and how we release those blessings into the world.

The theme of this year’s stewardship campaign is Releasing God’s Blessings and will include a sermon series of the same name offered by Rev. Becky. The sermon series will highlight not only how God blesses us, but also how God promises to bless others through us.

Throughout the stewardship campaign, we will be celebrating the church members and church ministries that make Washington Street UMC a vibrant and loving community. As part of the campaign, we will ask members of the church to participate by sharing their thoughts about how the church, through its members and its ministries, releases blessings into the world.

Here is what we have planned for each Sunday in October:

On Sunday, October 1, we will begin by joining other United Methodists in celebrating World Communion Sunday.

On Sunday, October 8, and Sunday, October 15, members can stop by the Stewardship Campaign table in the Narthex before or after the church service to write down a blessing on a balloon-shaped card. Our young members will be in charge of “releasing” these blessings throughout the church building. Please take time to read these blessings and be inspired by the testimony of your fellow WSUMC members.

On Sunday, October 22, Pledge Sunday, we will celebrate the commitment our church members have made to Washington Street UMC when we gather in Threatt Hall after the church service for a potluck lunch and for fellowship. We will have available pledge cards, updated ministry menus, and an information table where you can learn more about opportunities to serve.

To prepare for Pledge Sunday, you will receive a letter in the mail inviting you to submit a pledge of financial support to the church. Members’ pledges of financial support allow the church to plan spending and budget wisely for next year. In addition, pledging provides members an opportunity to give careful thought to their financial support of the church and to choose a plan for giving (weekly, monthly, annually; online or during church services, etc.) that works best for them.

Because you are generous with your time, talent, and treasures, Washington Street is able to be the blessing it is to its members and to the larger community. Thank you!

Stewardship Campaign Committee members: Robbie Douglas; Mary Edmonds; Joe Epting; Carol Fowler; Sarah-Kate Gravely; Christine Hait; Suzanne Joye; Rev. Alston Lippert; Jane Peterson; Rev. Becky Shirley; and Lynn Shirley.