Dear Friends,

On the first Christmas night, the angel appeared suddenly to some shepherds in the middle of the night to assure them, “I bring you good news of great joy.” We could say the same about good news and great joy for our church in 2017.

This year, we shared in one of the truly high moments in the life of our church—the 190th anniversary of our church here in Martinsville. Church family both past and present gathered on October 1 for a great day of worship, remembrance, and celebration.

A key moment of the day was the announcement that the remaining indebtedness on our new church building has been retired and paid in full! Thanks be to God! And thanks be to you for your faithfulness and sacrifice. Thank you for your love for God, your love for each other, and your love for our community and for those who are yet to find their way into the family of God, because that’s really what it’s all about. Because of you, we received over 20 new members during our anniversary celebration. That’s what brought Methodists to Martinsville many decades ago. That’s what will keep us here for many more to come. Just think what might be possible now that we are debt-free.

Thank you for your faithful giving and financial support of our church. Thank you for all the ways you give and serve, some known only to you and God. Because of you, we can look forward to another year of ministry, worship, evangelism, and spiritual growth.

While you are certain to receive many requests for year-end giving and donations, there is no greater or more important investment than in the Kingdom of God. When you give to God through our church, you make it possible for women and men and boys and girls to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. You have the privilege of making a difference for all eternity.

While we are grateful for all that has been done, you will want to know that tithes and offerings have not kept pace with our 2017 budget by about $45,000 year-to-date. This means that some budgeted items and ministries have not been funded, and some shortfalls have been covered by borrowing from other funds on hand.

Would you consider an extra, one-time gift for a strong finish to 2017?

You can place your gift in the Sunday offering, mail a check to the church office, or drop by the church during office hours. For gifts to be tax deductible they must be postmarked and/or given before December 31, 2017.

Thank you for being a part of the FUMC family and giving so faithfully to change lives and offer hope to the world.

In Christ,

Mark and Rebecca Suter, Pastors