First Fruit Sundays
During the Sundays of May 20, 27, June 3 and 10, we ask all members to bring a “first fruit”(portion) of their 3-year commitment for the Our Home effort. Some already have very generously. This offering together honors God and enables our church to pay its share of the renovation costs without using short-term financing over the summer. Simply use the First Fruits envelopes available in the pew backs and place your gift in the offering plate or pay online and use the card that says, “I gave online.” Thank you in advance.
Church member Jan Samuels describes how she found a home in the midst of her family's struggle. If you feel inspired to share you story, email your story to email@example.com
Lord, what do you
want to do through me?
Our Home is our campaign to raise three-year pledges over and above our gifts to God through the church budget. We hope to raise over $2 million over three years for three things:
- Waterproof around exterior doors and windows, including our stained glass windows, and eliminate mold that has been found.
- Upgrade our sound system in the sanctuary to make the spoken word heard clearly by all.
- Reduce our long-term debt so as to decrease our mortgage payment and free more dollars to reach more people for Christ.
Through the generosity of the people of First United Methodist Church Plano, the vision of the Our Home campaign will become a reality. As people generously offer their gifts, all campus improvements (estimated at $1.0 million) will be fully-funded, and the balance of commitments will be invested in reducing the long-term indebtedness of the church (currently at $4.7 million). Here are the three fundraising benchmarks for Our Home:
First Step Benchmark - $2,000,000 - Through reaching this benchmark, the campus improvements (estimated at $1.0 million) will be fully funded, and the church’s long-term debt (currently $4.7 million) will be reduced by $1 million to a balance of $3.7 million. We are already on our way to reaching this goal.
Challenge Benchmark - $2,500,000 - Through reaching this commitment milestone, the campus improvements will be fully funded, and the church’s long-term debt will be reduced by $1.5 million to a balance of $3.2 million.
Our Home Benchmark - $3,000,000 - Reaching or exceeding the Our Home benchmark would fully fund all campus improvements and reduce the current debt by $2 million to a balance of $2.7 million or even less.
What’s with the Cross?
This half ton cross was crafted by member Tommy Edds (second from left) and installed on yesterday with the big help of a hydraulic drill and hoist by member Tommy Lawrence (second from right). Assisting them were Edds’ employees Nick Valey and Tommy Wood with Sean Clanahan, Zachary McLean, Alan Johnson, and Clint Pearson (not shown are Brandon Fleming and Renee Mason).
The cross is a lasting Easter witness to our community and a point of prayer and remembrance during the Our Home campaign. The campaign’s Prayer Team, headed by the Pearson, Witten, Moore, Edds and Lang families, will invite us to stop at the cross during our Celebration Event on April 29 and thankfully remember the rainbow – God’s promise – that appeared over a similar cross just before our church building was constructed 17 years ago.