April 04, 2020

Extravagant Generosity!
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way… 2 Cor. 9:11, The Message 

Paper Easter Flowers will be on display Easter Sunday and are a lovely way to remember or honor someone special to you. Plus, they benefit our general fund and other missions of the church. Forms are in this Tower. Please turn in yours by Sunday, March 29, 2020.

Parking Lot Repairs are Done and Wonderful! “We recently had to make necessary repairs to the parking lot at the main entrance to eliminate safety issues & to improve drainage problems. Funds from the Trustees & the Bleecker Fund were used to cover most of the $9,268 expense. This was a useful & very necessary expense, but it reduces the amount of money available for other projects & ministries of the church. Please contribute to the parking lot project so that we might replenish the Bleecker Fund for next year’s usage. Thank you in advance.” – Bruce Clark for the Trustees & Finance Committees, in the name of Jesus.

Thank you to United Methodist Women, who have given $2,000 to the church for the General Fund.

13th Month Campaign 2019  The Finance Committee would like to thank the congregation and all of the contributors that have been any part of achieving our financial goals for this year. In the last several months our ability to meet our monthly operating expenses thru our regular offerings has been successful. However, from earlier months this year we have advanced from the Bleeker fund $7,000 to meet our year to date operating expenses. For this reason we feel it is necessary to repeat our call for a 13th month fund raising emphasis for the last months of the year.
The last two months of the year are historically the most successful in terms of offering totals for the General fund. In addition to this end of the year generosity while also promoting a 13th month emphasis and the Paper Poinsettia contributions designated for the General Fund we are hopeful that we can reduce or eliminate the advance from the Bleeker Fund.
2019 is the first year that we have been able to use the Bleeker Fund to advance money to meet our operating expenses. The goal of eliminating the advance for the year reflects the committee's desire to meet our annual operating expenses with our regular giving. Our original 2019 budget reflected a shortfall much greater than this $7,000 so we have made good progress in meeting our operating needs for the year.
By meeting our pledges for the year and whatever additional giving we can manage thru the 13th month promotion and the paper poinsettias we can reflect the generosity that God has blessed us with.
Your Finance Committee
Financial News, October, 2019: The operating expenses for August were again lower, as anticipated. Our offerings for the month were consistent with what you have given in previous months this year. This allowed us, by the end of the month, to exceed our expenses by nearly $3,300.
   We have chosen to use some of that $3,300 to reduce the amount advanced from the Bleecker distributions by $1,025. This will reduce the amount advanced for operating expenses from the Bleecker distribution to $7,000 for the year. The $1,025 will now be available for year-end expenses and maybe even carry over into 2020.
    With two-thirds of the year complete, we have received offerings very much in keeping with previous years’ giving. This is a pleasant surprise, because the Giving Goal cards for 2019 (on which we based the Trinity budget) led us to anticipate perhaps a significant shortfall (as much as $16,000) by the end of 2019. Your giving, in other words, has exceeded expectations, year-to-date! With or without the Giving Goal cards, you continue to show your faithfulness to God and your devotion to Trinity UMC through your generosity. Thank you for that!
    As we move into this month of ‘Devoted to Generosity,’ please do consider filling out the card to show your Giving Goals for 2020. We hope to hear from as many people as possible, including those who use Direct Deposit. The Giving Goal cards really help us on the Finance Committee to work a more accurate and dependable budget process. Remember that your Direct Deposit giving stays the same until you let us know you want it changed.
    We have made several reductions to our year-end expenses and anticipate our most successful offering months are coming up…November and December. We aren’t completely out of the woods on the budget deficit, but at the end of August, there is reason to be optimistic and grateful and thankful. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! We all want to finish the year with the best fiscal result possible. Thank you for your continued faithful financial support of TUMC ministries. – Your Finance Committee
 Direct Deposit Giving (DDG) By Dean Laitinen

Oh, no…I didn’t put in my offering this week. Wait, yes, I did. In fact, I’ve given for many weeks now, without doing a thing. I have Direct Deposit Giving, and I feel great. I’ve been giving what I feel I can each week. Supporting my church. And I haven’t even noticed.

I have actually had this thought before. It’s a great feeling to know that I designated what I felt I could give, the interval of time I could give it, and let it go from there. If I need to change the amount, I can do that instantly and confidentially.

I found that I didn’t even realize the amount I gave was gone; and I never had to say, “Oops, I forgot to put in my offering this week.”

DDG has been on the rise at Trinity, and that is great for the consistency and stability of our general fund. It’s so gratifying to know that I am consistently helping to support this special place, from which God does so many great things through the many great people who gather here. Please consider joining us in this by talking to Sally and filling out a DDG slip. Thanks, and God bless!

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) option is available. It’s a quick and fun way to get your offering to the church through the banking system. You fill out a form with your bank’s routing number and your account number (or attach a canceled check) and bring it into the office. We’ll make the rest of the arrangements for you through the Church’s bank…First National. Easy. Fun. And your offerings will be a blessing to us all!

Trinity United Methodist
808 Carpenter Ave
Iron Mountain, MI 49801
(906) 774-2545
Email: imtrinityumc@gmail.com