STEWARDSHIP 2022

A LETTER FROM OUR STEWARDSHIP CHAIR

Killearn UMC Family,

These words of our Lord and Savior are particularly meaningful to me as the uncertainness caused by COVID and world events continue to dominate the news: "'I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.'"  (John 14:27) I take comfort in that passage and am encouraged by the way our pastors and staff continue to provide compelling worship both in person and online. Despite the challenges of the current environment, our missions and ministries continue unabated.

As a congregation, we have been faithful with our financial support for the church during another season of challenging circumstances.  While no one can predict what next year will bring with the pandemic, it is clear to me that our church will continue to thrive. I am not fearful about this next year. In fact, I am excited to see what God has in store for us!

Your pledge of time, talent, and treasure for 2022 is essential for God’s vision for Killearn UMC to be fully realized. To help you decide on your commitment, you will find here a copy of the ministry budget and a link to our online commitment card for financial gifts and for gifts of time and talent. These commitments may be turned in on or before Commitment Sunday, October 24. You may also make your commitment in-person using the hard copy that has been sent to you, or you can pick one up in the Sanctuary or Church Office. Below, you will also find a Serving Guide for 2022, listing all the ministries where your volunteer service is needed. It is particularly important that commitments are received by October 24 in order to finalize the 2022 budget and ministry plans in a timely fashion.

Please prayerfully consider your commitment, remembering the words of the Apostle Paul contained in 2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”.

With Joy on the Journey,
Dave Elyea

WHY GIVE?

We believe that God created the world, that we are created in the image of God, and that all we are, and all the material things we have accumulated, belong to God. Consequently, we are stewards for God. When we give our gifts of time, talent, and treasure, we are returning a portion of all that God has given us to be used in God’s work through Killearn United Methodist Church. As a church, we strive to discern God’s call for our community, stewarding the gifts of time, talent and money that you give and putting them to work through ministries that present Christ, encourage growth and holiness, and send out others to present Christ. We do this because we believe we are called to grow God’s Kingdom in our community and around the world!

WHY PLEDGE?

During the Annual Stewardship Campaign, we seek pledges to help project income for the upcoming year and enable the most effective planning for our ministries. A pledge is an act of promising a monetary sum, your time, and your talents to God through the church. When you make a pledge, you are intentionally setting aside a portion of your income and your time to give back to God, ensuring that your gifts to God are a part of your budget and your calendar. Your pledge to Killearn UMC is in two parts: a pledge to the Operating Fund that supports our ministries and a pledge to the Missions Fund that supports our various ministry partners.

Giving through the Annual Stewardship Campaign provides the resources for the ministries of Killearn UMC to live out our mission - to present Christ, encourage growth and holiness, and send out to present Christ. We ask you to prayerfully consider how you will support our ministries in 2022.

PROJECTED OPERATING FUND FOR 2022: $1,957,000

PROJECTED MISSIONS FUND FOR 2022: $206,000

PRESENT - ($1,068,738)

Killearn is a place that presents Christ by inviting all to experience the transforming love of Jesus through ministries to and with our members, guests, community and world.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
(Romans 5:8)



GROW - ($529,070)

Killearn is a place where you can grow in your relationship with Jesus through study and service in the many transforming ministries available for people of all ages.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and, Love your neighbor as yourself.”
(Luke 10:27)



SEND - ($565,192)

Killearn is a place where you are equipped to be sent out to share the love of God with others in our community and around the world.

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

FAQ


HOW MUCH IS APPROPRIATE TO PLEDGE?
In the Bible, God asks the people of Israel for the first tenth, of 10%, of the harvest. The act of giving a tenth is called tithing. We understand this may not be the “right” amount for every family at this time. Regardless, the concept of tithing is a good model for giving. We suggest that instead of setting a dollar amount, pledge a percentage of your income. You may need to start at a lower percentage and work towards a goal of 10% over several years. We encourage tithing and ask that you prayerfully consider your pledge, as well as incrementally increasing your gift to God through Killearn UMC this year.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CHANGE MY PLEDGE?
We understand that in the course of a year, your circumstances may change. You may increase or decrease your pledge at any time by contacting the Church Office.

WHEN SHOULD I SUBMIT MY PLEDGE?
We are asking that pledges be offered no later than Sunday, October 24. They can be mailed or dropped off at the Church Office or you can bring them to worship services that Sunday. The best way to submit your pledge is online at killearnumc.org or on the Killearn UMC app.

MAY I SEE A LINE ITEM BUDGET?
Yes. A line Item budget is available upon request. Contact the Church Office for more information.

WAYS TO GIVE

ONLINE
Giving online is the the safest and most cost-effective way for Killearn UMC to put your gifts into action. You can make a one-time gift or set up recurring transactions. Setting up a recurring gift is a simple way to practice tithing the “first fruits” of your income. Click HERE to set up online giving via desktop or mobile browser. If you have questions, contact the Church Office at (850) 893-1116.

KILLEARN UMC APP
To securely make a gift, download the Killearn UMC app from your smartphone app store. Once in the app, scroll down the home screen until you see the "Giving" button. When you click this button, it will ask you to set up an account. Once you've done so, you will be able to make gifts quickly and easily at any time from the app, including setting up recurring payments. All your transactions in app will automatically reflect in CCB.

CHECK OR CASH
Giving cash or check in worship each Sunday is a meaningful tradition that is important for many. When you give by check, please indicate special disbursements on the memo line. If you are giving cash, please use an envelope and indicate your name and any instructions on the outside. You may also bring or mail your gift to the Church Office.