Thanks to you we are investing $1,329,808 in God’s mission this year.
Our Worship Life – $398, 942 (30% of our budget)
In worship we discover God’s grace for our lives. Worship stirs our hearts, enlivens our spirits and stretches our minds. We gather to hear God speak to us in the words of scripture and prayer, in the joy and spirit of music. It leads us into the week ahead with confidence and hope.
A wonderful team of capable leaders works together each Sunday. Many contribute behind the scenes – others out front. The altar guild prepares the sanctuary with care. Ushers offer warmth and welcome as the service begins.
Our chancel choir shares music that inspires and encourages us with grace and hope. Our
3rd service ensemble offers a distinctive musical take on the message of the day. We are blessed with some of the most varied and beautiful music anywhere.
Your gifts help make possible sermons that deal with the humor, struggle and drama of everyday life. Our pastors and worship leaders bring the resources of faith to bear on the questions and hopes of our time.
Worship truly is the life and breath of our congregation. It is here that new friends discover a sense of welcome in God’s family. In worship that we are strengthened and encouraged in our faith. Over a thousand persons count on us as their church home and gather with us through the year. Your gifts make possible generous, hopeful and helpful worship. Thank you!
Caring for Our Community – $279,260 (21% of our budget)
The ages and stages of our lives bring both joys and challenges. From the birth of a baby to times of illness or grief, we count on God’s grace to see us through. We offer support and care through an extensive team of individuals and groups. Our prayer partners gather each week to lift up the needs and hopes of our church family, as expressed in the prayer cards on Sunday. The prayer chain responds immediately to health or other crises. Our pastors and parish nurse visit regularly throughout the congregation, but especially around times of illness or hospitalization. These visits number in the hundreds each year.
Our congregation serves a wide range of people in the community around us. Over the year our pastors lead dozens of funeral or memorial services, often for persons who had little or no previous church connection. Our hospitality committee supports members and friends alike by offering receptions after those same services. Our church staff works hard to make sure that these families feel genuinely welcomed and cared for in the midst of their loss.
We also celebrate the gifts of new life and new relationships! We help encourage parents in the midst of the joys and the challenges children bring. We offer counseling for couples seeking to be married, working to keep their relationships healthy, or who are facing the end of a marriage.
Your gifts support the work of healing and hope that Jesus carried out during his lifetime. We want to respond in the same spirit he shows us.
Local and World Outreach – $226,067 (17% of our budget)
Some of our most important work takes place where we cannot see. Our gifts touch people we will never know.
When a hurricane strikes a vulnerable community, whether here at home or across the globe, your gifts help provide immediate relief and ongoing support to rebuild homes and lives. Whether those needs are the result of natural or human disasters we reach out with care and compassion to those in need.
We support missionary work and educational efforts around the world, as well efforts to relieve hunger and hopelessness here at home. We partner with other Christian churches, other faith communities, with hospitals, relief agencies and universities. We know that we can accomplish far more by working together than by ourselves, alone.
Our church is found in 58 countries, from the U.S. to Europe, across much of Africa and into southeast Asia. Your gifts support theological study and higher education through United Methodist and other universities and seminaries. We provide scholarships for students from our own congregation and others as they look to find a place and make a difference in the world.
We contribute to the work of bishops, district superintendents, church boards and agencies, as they encourage the mission and ministry of local churches in our diverse communities. We support Toberman Neighborhood Center and other local partners, who provide food, shelter and transitional support to hundreds of families each year. Around the corner or across the world, we seek to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Children and Families – $425,539 (32% of our budget)
The needs and hopes of families are at the heart of our mission. From our youngest and smallest to middle and older adults, we know that all of us are precious in God’s eyes.
Each week we help growing children learn lessons of faith and love they will carry all through their lives. Our Vacation Bible Camp reaches over 200 children each summer, and requires almost another 100 youth and adult volunteers to make it happen.
Our junior and senior high youth participate in the Sierra Service Project, learning about themselves, each
other and the world as they take part in hands-on mission. They meet to learn, to grow, and to have fun during the rest of the year as well.
We offer opportunities for spiritual growth and faith development with Bible study, book groups, topical studies and retreats led by pastoral and other staff. Seminars on caregiving, health & wellness, and grief support are open to the whole community. Two concert series bring beautiful music into our sanctuary throughout the year.
Our Children’s Christmas Eve service and Easter Egg Hunt bring children, parents, grand and even great-grandparents together in joy and hope.
Your generosity makes it possible for thousands of people experience God’s grace through our mission with families in more ways than ever before. Thank you!