November News, 2021

Saving Grace-Course Overview
 A Guide to Financial Well-Being 
Join Rev. Dr. Sherry Parker Lewis for an introduction to this course
on December 7th at 10:00am via Zoom
  • Explore the power of creating personal spending, saving & giving plans
  • Consider the spiritual impact of debt
  • Preview course sessions & resources
  • Discuss best practices for facilitating the course 

Space is Limited 
Sign up by 1/3/2022 for classes –
6 Sessions by Zoom
Classes Meet 1/17, 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/14 , 3/28
 Choose 10 am or 6 pm Sessions
 Questions? Contact Sherry

 
Faithful People Living Generous Lives at
Grandville United Methodist Church
 
Sue Nielsen has been an active member of the Grandville UMC for over 14 years. She currently serves as the Finance and Endowment Chair for the church. Sue is also active in providing audits for churches in her conference. You might say she knows a thing or two about church finance.
 
Rev. Wayne Barrett, retired President of the UM Foundation, helped the church set up the endowment charter. Sue shared with me that they decided right away that “the fund would not be accumulating wealth, but rather for charitable endeavors.” That choice set the framework for a “big” return on their how the church approached their finances and this investment.
 
The church has had endowment funds for many years. During that time, returns have been good–ranging from 12-20%. Those returns coupled with the church’s faithful commitment to not spend those funds on routine expenses lead the church to a generous opportunity.
 

Grants Awarded in October
As part of the Foundation’s mission to help faithful people live generous lives, the Foundation is committed to strengthening the church for ministry. We awarded over $16,000 in grants in the month of October.
 
Part of these grants went to local churches who attended the Church Broadcasting School hosted by the Michigan Conference Communications. Monies were awarded to support the purchase of technology for the enhancement of online worship.
Thank you so much for the good news that Jackson: Calvary UMC was awarded an Online Worship Technology Grant.
We are so blessed by the generosity of the Foundation’s financial support of our local churches across Michigan,
and especially in the area of improving online worship services and reaching more people for Jesus Christ . Rev. Jennifer Jue
 

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