Seeking, Serving, Celebrating
2018 Pledge Card
When you and your family are ready, you can securly and confidentially make your pledge using our online pledge card. Your information is processed only through our Administrative/Membership staff person, Jill Compton. Any questions or concerns about your pledge can be directed to her by calling the church office or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time & Talent
Our Time and Talent inventory is designed to help us and you discover not only which ways you would like to serve, but also how we can effectively serve you as a member of our faith family. You can fill out the inventory online or download the same version to print.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.” – Matthew 7:24-25
The world feels like a mess right now, doesn’t it? The world, right now, is filled with division and hatred and fragmentation, so it is hard to find a solid place to stand. FPCGV is called to provide a place where you can stand -- a place where you can stand for light in a world filled with darkness; a place where you can stand for love in a world filled with hatred; a place where you can stand for unity in a world of division; a place where you can stand for hope in a world that has stopped believing that wholeness will come. That place is the solid Rock of Jesus Christ. He spoke of it at the end of his sermon on the mount. FPCGV is building on this Rock when we seek, serve and celebrate life together. This narrative budget is a collection of stories and dreams that will help us remember where we have been and give us the courage and conviction to keep building.
Your Pastors in Christ,
Robert S. Crilley
Ashley A. Hood
A Narrative Budget for FPCGV
By God’s generosity and the generosity of this congregation, we have much for which to give thanks in 2017. This time last year we challen,ged the congregation to pledge $1,100,000 to fund a budget that would allow for an increase in mission, staff salaries, extra mortgage payments and inflation. The pledges did not come in at that level, and so we started the year insecure about how exactly to proceed. We proceeded with cautious optimism. As the year progressed, you have backed up the pledges that were made and given extra gifts that helped us to do more than we dreamed. If giving continues, we project that we will end the year beyond what we had asked. These gifts have funded increases to staff salaries, increases in mission and extra payments on our mortgage. Therefore, we begin our narrative budget with gratitude and hope as we seek to be and do even more in 2018.
Where Does Your Offering Go?
SEEKING Christian Education; Visitors & Evangelism
SERVING Congregational Care; Mission
CELEBRATING Worship & Music; Fellowship
* A detailed line item budget is available from the church office for any who wish to review it. Administration, communication, finance, mortgage, property, and staffing expenses are allocated across each program area.
SEEKING - Budgets of Christian Education and Visitor & Evangelism
Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” We are a congregation determined to seek and listen, hear and understand -- to nurture the questions, the debates, the passions that come from wanting to know and serve Christ. We value the seeking of each person to grow as a disciple of Christ. We also value how this congregation models loving and civil engagement in Christ’s love. Seeking and hearing:
→ Newcomers find a home at FPCGV and transform us by their presence.
→ Children study Jesus not just in the classroom, but also through service projects that teach them how to share their faith in word and deed.
→ Youth and youth programming give a safe space for pre-teens and adolescents to not only examine their faith, but to profess it in words and actions. Service projects are valued not only for what work can be done, but also for learning about the people and justice issues that create the need for action.
→ Adults gather in bible studies and small groups around challenging bible texts and topics -- parenting, post-election debriefing, issues of poverty, racial justice, sexuality and more -- ever praying to know what this means for how we live our lives.
→ People of all ages, staff and volunteers alike, give of their time to create new opportunities for learning and dialogue.
SERVING - Budgets of Congregational Care and Mission
Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” In a world that may seem limited by those who are “members” of this club or that, we our serving “across the aisle” and around the world. Serving and acting:
→ We respond with visits, food, transportation, cards, and other healing resources when people are hurting.
→ We support more than 10 local mission efforts, 4 global efforts, and 6 mission co-workers. This support is felt in Grapevine, the broader US, Bangladesh, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Thailand and Uganda. We hope to continue to grow this support.
→ We have begun to work on our local interfaith relations through “Daughters of Abraham” gatherings and other opportunities to know and serve alongside our neighbors.
→ As this document goes to press, we are sending money to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey and other disasters, and we are organizing to send work groups in the months and year ahead.
→ We have launched My Faith Family -- a program by which we are a church caring for those who care for children in our neighborhood who have been abused, neglected, and abandoned. In so doing we help increase the retention rate of foster parents. We are currently supporting 2 foster families and hope to support more.
→ COMING IN 2018 – A program that would expand our community support of children and their families (possibly by offering opportunities for academic tutoring, mentoring and more).
→ COMING IN 2018 – Further discernment for how we might expand our preschool in ways that will serve people who live and work in the Greater Grapevine area no matter their economic situation.
CELEBRATING - Budgets of Worship and Fellowship
Jesus said, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” Ultimately, everything we do to build on the Rock of Christ begins and ends in the celebration of who and WHOSE we are in worship and fellowship together. Celebrating and building:
→ We gather for worship – where scripture is read, anthems are sung, prayers are shared, sermons are preached, and all God’s children say “Amen.”
→ We celebrate the sacrament of baptism.
→ We celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper in the sanctuary and in the homes of the homebound.
→ Children sing and lead and act out the drama of our faith and, in so doing, lead others to share in their awe.
→ Youth and adults gather around the font to make their professions of faith for the very first time.
→ We gather as a family of faith around ordinary tables.
→ We provide free meals in the park for our neighbors with “no strings attached”.
→ We commit to share life together, whatever the dance may be.