Blessed to be a Blessing

“I will bless you.”
During stewardship season, we at First United Methodist Church in Shreveport take the opportunity to reaffirm our vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness. We invite you to take a few minutes to learn more about how you can be “blessed to be a blessing.”


We had a wonderful Celebration Sunday on October 12th. If you haven’t had the chance to make your pledge commitments for 2015, you encourage you to do so now. There are four different options for making your financial contribution. You can see those options here.


 Where do our pledges go?

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PatDay-thumb“Blessed to be a Blessing” is this year’s stewardship campaign theme. It’s another way of saying that God has blessed each one of us with talents, gifts, and resources to be a blessing to others. Imagine for a moment that God has a storehouse of blessings in heaven that he wants to pour out on his world. We are his receptacles, channels for the blessings that he wants to give to the world. Those blessings are not to be squandered or hoarded; they are to be shared. The more we use and share God’s blessings the more we are truly “Blessed to be a Blessing.” [more…]
Rev. Lisa Turnbull“I will bless you.”  These four words are a powerful promise coming from a God who is all powerful and eternal, whose Word never fails. The Holy One who declares this has control over all things—creation, time, energy, spirits—and is lacking nothing. This blessing is a current reality for all who follow Jesus. God has set us apart as wonderful and holy, he cares for and protect us, he provide us with good and desirable gifts. How are you living as one blessed by God and holy?  What does “holy” look like to God?[more…]


 

We humbly thank you for your continued support of First United Methodist Church Shreveport and the plethora of ministries we provide. We are so blessed that we get to serve you, our local community and the world. Without you, nothing we do would be possible.

Genesis 12:2-3 “I will bless you…and you will be a blessing. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

I Will Bless You

Rev. Lisa Turnbull

But since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7

First Shreveport is a community of believers who look to excel. God’s great vision for us is that we excel in everything for Him and His glory. In order to excel, one commits to continually practice and make it a habit to act in ways that stand out. As such, we have many opportunities to practice faith, speech, knowledge, earnestness, love and generosity as we connect, grow, serve and lead in and through our community. A commitment to serve and lead is not only important for you as an individual excelling for Christ, but also for us as a community. Without your commitment, we cannot plan transformational, significant missions and ministries. We need your commitment in order to successfully connect, grow, serve and lead within our congregation, community and world.

In the following pages are opportunities to commit or re-commit to habit forming acts of service and leadership, mission and ministry. Read through them. Ask questions. Discern which might be the best use of your interests, skills, Spiritual Gifts, relationships, faith and knowledge. Make a commitment. Fill out and submit the serving card so that together we may excel in everything we do. How will you make it a habit to stand out for God and His glory through the body of Christ at First Shreveport?

Let us together embrace God’s vision for us.

Rev. Lisa Turnbull

 

Dr. Day on Stewardship

PatDay-thumb “Embracing God’s Vision” is our 2016 stewardship theme. Vision is what we believe God has in store for our church. A vision is God’s way of communicating to us in a clear way what he desires for us. There has never been a greater need in the history of Shreveport for a strong, vibrant, dynamic downtown church in the heart of the city. We believe that God’s vision includes four aspects: 1) Connecting everyone in small groups; 2) Serving in mission outreach; 3) Growing in Christian discipleship, and 4) Growing servant leaders.

The vision will not become reality unless we embrace it, give to it, and act upon it. Our congregation’s generosity has enabled our church to grow stronger and make a worldwide impact. The concept of extravagant generosity describes the practice of sharing and giving that exceeds all expectations. It describes lavish sharing, sacrifice and giving in service to God and our neighbors. When you give, you are embracing the mission and vision God has for our church. Your giving makes a positive difference in the world through the ministry and mission of First Methodist.

God will allow circumstances to come into our lives that will cause us to examine who or what is my source. God is our source! We are simply his channels or conduits of his resources to those in need. No ministry established by God for God’s glory and carried out in God’s way will lack God’s support. I want to ask you to prayerfully consider your giving and service to God. Step out in faith and trust God to supply your need. Keep First Methodist strong and alive. Pray about your giving and serving. Then commit yourself to being obedient as God leads. This is one decision that you will never regret. The future of our church and community depend upon your decision. Thank you in advance for your faithfulness in these two important areas.

In His Service,

Dr. R. Pat Day