God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea; Though its waters rage and foam, and though the mountains tremble at its tumult. The LORD of hosts is with us; the GOD of Jacob is our stronghold. – Psalm 46
Dear Members, Newcomers, and Friends of FUMC Hallsville,
What a year it has been! Looking back a year ago, our plans for 2020 couldn’t have been more different in so many respects from the reality in which we find ourselves today. All people are facing challenges of some sort and navigating constant change. Despite the challenges and changes, FUMC Hallsville remains steadfast.
Our thriving community of faith has shown resilience in responding to our respective challenges by creating new avenues to connect, worship, and care for one another. While we have been mostly unable to take refuge in our buildings, we’ve found refuge and strength in God and each other. We’ve built and maintained community in new ways like online platforms while re-emphasizing good “old-fashioned” connections through phone calls and letters. Your financial support, prayers, and genuine care for one another have been essential to navigating these uncharted waters.
We are staying connected through Sunday worship, Christian formation for all ages, and through upgraded internet and streaming capabilities, with more in these areas to come, and we continue to expand our in-person options. We continue to serve some of the community’s most vulnerable through our First Friends Preschool, Hallsville Outreach Center, Asbury House, Newgate Mission, Kilgore College Wesley Foundation, and others.
We hope you’ll participate in the 2020-2021 Stewardship Campaign by engaging in all the church has to offer, both this Fall and beyond, and in supporting church life by making a pledge. To thrive and sustain, we need you as continued good stewards and givers of the resources available to you and all of us from God. For some, finances may have changed drastically. For others, financial resources are stable or better. Some may have more time and talent to share. For others, time and talent may feel harder to share. Whatever your circumstance, we ask you to share as generously as you can by faith and to let us know of your commitment by Pledge Sunday, October 25th. You can fill out the pledge card by clicking on the graphic above.
Please prayerfully consider the instrumental ways in which you might invest in the life of FUMC Hallsville by filling out the pledge card online by clicking the graphic above or by returning the one you got in the mail to the church office.
Thank you for your continued support of each other, our clergy, staff and operations, and the vibrancy of our church. Your prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness are integral blessings to the fulfillment of our mission of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Our resilience, connection, and commitment to FUMC Hallsville is bound to open God’s kingdom here and now.
With great hope for times to come,
Rev. Brian Brooks,
Senior Pastor Susan
LaBay, Finance Chair