Dear Friends in Christ,
We want to begin by saying, “Thank you.” Your faithful generosity contributes to the thriving ministries of this congregation and its ongoing effort to be a powerful witness for Jesus Christ. We are so grateful for your deep commitment to the ministries of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church.
Isn’t it amazing how much joy we find in giving to others? Providing gifts that feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, minister to those in prison, and create safe shelter for those without it is not simply a mandate of the Gospel (Matthew 25), but it is who we are as a people created in the image of a generous God. We are thus excited to share the theme of this year’s stewardship campaign, “A Generous Life,” focusing upon the impact we make together when we commit to living generous lives. This theme is based upon the words of Luke 6:38: “Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity” (The Message).
God has truly been generous with our church. In the midst of a global pandemic, we have not only continued our connection with one another but had the privilege of sharing the love of Christ with so many of our friends and neighbors. Through a variety of outreach initiatives, generous financial giving, live stream opportunities for learning and worship, and much more, we have lived into our identity as a “Christian community of love, hope, and belonging for all.” And by the grace of God, we will continue to be a church that feeds people spiritually and serves as a transformational presence in our community and our world.
We invite you to participate in worship services throughout the month of October, leading up to our Commitment Sunday on October 25. Between now and then, you will receive further information about “A Generous Life,” and an opportunity to invest in the life-changing ministries of AHUMC.
Please pray for the campaign in the coming weeks. Together we hope to create a culture of generosity that touches every person in our church—all for the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
In gratitude and faith,
Rev. Holly H. Gotelli