An Important Message from Rev. Bass
Wed, November 17, 2021
Dear Friendswood Methodist Family:
In Revelation 3.8 Jesus said to the Church of Philadelphia: “I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.”
The Lord impressed upon me this image when I was at Seedbed’s New Room Conference last month. I can relate to these words. We all have grown weary in the midst of this pandemic, and being displaced when the Worship Center was flooded in the great freeze.
This has been a difficult year for us. Attendance is down to third of pre-pandemic level, some ministries have been paused or reduced, and giving is down 20% over last year causing much financial stress on the church.
At the same time, I am hopeful as we enter 2022! As the pandemic wanes, and the Sanctuary is finally restored, I believe the Lord has opened a door for us — an open door to renewed ministry; an open door rebuilding our life together; an open door to restoration; an open door to an awakening to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit among us.
The question is simple. Will we step through this open door? Will we step out in faith and walk through to the future the Lord wants to give us? Or, will we stand on this side of that door with diminishing strength and fear.
I ask you to walk through this door with me.
You may have received a commitment card for 2021 in the mail. That card has two parts:
The first part is our regular giving to the ministry of the church that enables everything we do as a church. This is essential as we come out of the pandemic and fully return to normal ministry, activities, programs, Bible studies, missions’ outreach. I invite you to give prayerful consideration about what the Lord wants you to do this year so that together we can continue making a difference in the lives of people.
The second part is an additional gift which will go directly to reduce the debt on our worship center. Each month we need $17,500 to pay the debt service on our building. We have made good progress over the years in reducing the debt balance from $5.4 million to approximately $2.04 million as of the beginning of November this year.
I encourage you to give prayerful consideration to increasing your giving this coming year so we can move forward in 2022 in a strong position as we continue to share the life-changing power of Jesus Christ, everywhere and every day.
If you would like to have automatic drafts from your account, on either or both gifts, we have included that on the back of the card for your convenience.
You can either return your commitment card to the church on Sunday morning or drop it by the church office (M-TH from 9 am till 4 pm).
Let us step through the door to renewed ministry Jesus has opened for us, so that will emerge stronger than ever and ready to continue to share the life-changing power of Jesus Christ, everywhere and every day.