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2018 Annual Giving: "Money Matters"

Everyone struggles with money at some point in time. Whether it is not enough money, a desire for more money, or an inability to manage money, we all can find ourselves in a difficult financial situation and not sure what to do.

Your money matters to you and your money matters to God. In this series, we will discuss the obstacles we face when we idolize money, the temptations we encounter with unnecessary spending, and the discipline of giving to the church.

Each year, members of Bethlehem First United Methodist Church are asked to complete an Annual Giving Commitment Card as we make plans for the coming year. Annual giving supports the operating expenses of the church - our on-going ministries. An annual commitment serves several purposes.

  • This is a time for individuals and families to spend time in prayer, reflecting on God's blessings, and recommitting to loving God with your head, heart and hands.
  • On a practical level, this is a good time to review your financial budget and make sure it reflects your priorities.
  • Presenting our commitments to God is an act of worship we share as a community, as we ask God to bless and use our gifts.
  • For the church, annual giving commitments help us set ministry budgets for the coming year and make the most of the resources committed to God's work through us

We will present our 2018 commitments to God during worship on November 19, 2017. If you are unable to return an Annual Giving Commitment Card by November 19, and would like to make a commitment, please contact our church office at 770-867-3727.

At Bethlehem First UMC, the amount you give is a personal decision, but the Bible teaches us to give a tithe or ten percent to God. For many the tithe is just the beginning


Good Stewardship Practices Result in Great Generosity!

Paul encouraged generosity at all times: "Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity." (2 Corinthians 8:2)

Stewardship – to serve as one who manages another's property, finances or other affairs – is not just the means for the church to raise money. It is a way of life that recognizes everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth.

The Bible is filled with examples of grateful response to God's generous gifts. The Bible also teaches about our personal responsibility to share with others and warns against selfishness and misuse of God's economic resources.

United Methodist Approach to Stewardship

John Wesley urged those in connection with him to "Earn all you can and save all you can, so that you can give all you can." He modeled modest living and sacrificial giving. Wesley made sure those early classes of "methodists" took weekly offerings to help others in need.

Today, we United Methodists join others to help all of God's children… whenever and wherever we can - just as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes when the crowd grew hungry. Through our congregation, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God's outreaching love. Life grows here through the joy of generosity.

Membership Expectations

Our mission at Bethlehem First United Methodist Church is to "make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world." We ask our members to commit to five aspects of Christian life:

  • Make worship a priority
  • Make intentional invitations to friends and neighbors
  • Make time to nurture Godly friendships through prayer, encouragement, and support
  • Make a committment to grow in your faith
  • Make a difference in the lives of others through service
Classes and Resources

Financial Peace is a 9-week program designed to help you learn how to better manage your financial resources. The two-hour class includes entertaining video presentations by Dave Ramsey and class discussions.


    Bethlehem First UMC
    709 Christmas Avenue
    Bethlehem, GA 30620

    Phone: 770-867-3727
    Fax: 770-867-3729

    Email: info@bethlehemfirstumc.com

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