Finances at Faith & FAQs on Online Giving

Letter from the Pastor Regarding Our Ministries and the 2022 Ministry Budget and Faithfully Forward Debt Reduction Campaign

Thank you for all of you who have been supporting the vibrant ministries of Faith UMC—and the ministries of the United Methodist Church throughout the world. Your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness have been a true blessing. This has been a tremendous year that despite the pandemic last far longer than anyone expected we are still welcoming new guests each week and seeing folks officially become members of the church. Many people have gotten more deeply involved in ministries. Youth are coming out each Sunday evening for Bible Study and activities. New leaders are taking charge of various teams—Shepherding, Missions, Finance, Lay Leadership, etc. People are serving on the Worship Team; repairing, upgrading and cleaning the facilities; planning social events and fundraisers, teaching; visiting folks; etc. We couldn’t possibly measure the diverse ways you have served one another and the community!!

Your focus on becoming more faithful disciples is astounding as attendance is strong at our various Bible Studies, Junior Church, Youth Group and the Monday's "Chatting" group. 

We have been able to support various individuals who have needed short-term financial help. This year many people experienced very difficult, life-changing circumstances. We have been able to provide pastoral counseling and the blessing of an entire church family that rallied around them with prayer, support, sympathy, friendship, and guidance. Innumerable hospital, hospice, and nursing home visits have extended the love of the church to those in pain. We have comforted families during the loss of loved ones and celebrated lives through funeral services. We have blessed several young couples beginning their lives together through pre-marital counseling and officiating their weddings.

The Fellowship Hall and Education Wing was used to host bridal and baby-showers, birthday parties, etc. AA and Al Anon leadership meetings take place here. The church has been packed for the Breakfast with Santa and has served several drive through meals. WellSpan hosted two summer camps in our Education Wing for students with Autism. You have truly enabled us to live into our mission of being a Community Hub by your generous support of our Ministry Budget and the Faithfully Forward Building Expansion.

Our Ministry Budget for 2022 requires about $3,200 in weekly gifts in addition to the balance with which we began the year. Working together this is an achievable target to fund the ministries to which we have been called.

We are also still in the midst of paying off the mortgage and bonds on the Faithfully Forward Campaign for the Fellowship Hall and Education Building Expansion that was completed in 2017. We retired one loan in December of 2019. Our remaining loan was $450,000 for 21 years--and we only have about 15 years left on it. The repayment is about $3,000 per month in principal and interest. Thank you for faithfully giving to help reduce this debt in addition to supporting our ministries directly.

In conclusion, we want to thank you for your prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness! Finally, if you haven’t already, we are asking you to prayerfully consider making a pledge to the Ministries and the Faithfully Forward Capital Campaign for 2019. If you have not yet pledged or if you need to make a change please submit a new pledge card (available online or at church) to the church office.

Thank you and God Bless!

The Rev. Jason Perkowski

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