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April 9, 2021
Hello Team First Methodist!
I hope each of you celebrated a great Easter! As we continue to walk along the reopening path, please hold First Methodist in your prayers so that we can worship live and online, bring ministries back in person as well, and do everything in a safe manner for all of us!
This note is to update you on church finances. February was a tough month financially with the ‘Great Freeze’ having an impact on giving. As we all dealt with water and electricity outages, and burst pipes – mail, which is a significant channel for giving, ceased.
A few points:
Giving declined by $116,000 compared to last year.
Through February, giving to Missions is $77K above budget.
Through February, giving compared to budgeted needs through February was essentially flat.
On a positive note, the first weeks of March and continuing through Easter were strong. To serve as an example, the church received more contributions in the first two weeks of March than the entire month of February.
All to say, regular giving makes a tremendous difference to the church. If you have not donated this year, pray about making a financial gift. If you have given, consider making a regular, recurring donation through our website. Regardless of the gift, however, thank you for your generosity. Every gift makes a difference!
Finally, Rev. Marty Vershel continues to recover and is rehabilitating from his broken ankle. Hold him in your prayers.
If you would like a copy of the February financial statement, e-mail me at [email protected].
The Finance Committee typically meets the third Tuesday of each month, so you should receive this financial update shortly after that meeting going forward.
Rev. Andy Nixon
First Methodist Houston