December 2020 Update from Pastor Charley
Pledging Helps Us Plan For Tomorrow
How is Pledging Different From Giving?
When we ask families to pledge, we are asking them to commit to giving a certain amount of money in the year 2021. This helps us to budget for the upcoming year. You're not expected to donate the entire amount at the beginning of the year. While you certainly can contribute it as a one-time gift, most will fulfill their commitments through weekly or monthly contributions in 2021.
Last year we saw 70 new pledging families commit to supporting the missions and ministries of Johns Creek UMC!
Are you ready to take that step? It's okay to start small, it's okay to start anywhere! We just want to celebrate your decision to help take on the responsibility of carrying the ministry of JCUMC into the next year. You can decrease or increase your pledged amount at any time by contacting Cheryl Small: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stories of Hope
The Church has Left the Building!... But hope continues to grow
In March of 2020, the way we saw church completely changed. While our beautiful building has housed our many services and ministries for years and years, we suddenly had to find ways of being the church without it.
But you planted the seeds. You continue to hope.
With your faith and passions for helping those in need, we've held drive by food drives, thrived in online worship services, sewn face masks and prayer shawls, shared in Zoom prayer mornings, and so much more. Thank you.
This fall we’ll be "planting seeds of hope" by sharing uplifting messages through a series of weekly videos showing the many ways our church and our members continue to serve God and our community while things “are not normal”. With the help of the Stewardship Committee, you will see and hear from friends who you may not have seen during this time when we’ve been physically apart.
Stengthen Our Missions
Your pledge strengthens our Missions work and expands our reach from Johns Creek and beyond.
Pledging with the Durhams
Pledging is a family conversation. Find the commitment that fits your household.
The Memorial Garden at Johns Creek is a beautiful, quiet place to reflect and remember those we have lost. Kathy Hicks and Jane Schilling share how their Women’s Circles have shared in Growing Hope Here.
Natalie Spradling shares how 800 cans of ravioli provide for God's Kingdom.
Eric and Christi's EPiC Friends
Christi and Eric O’Neal share the importance of presence and the gift of the EPiC (Exceptional People in Community) organization for our members and the Johns Creek community.
Hope in the Hard Times
Pray Like Children
To continue this series, Mike Cleland shares his thoughts on the importance of presence at the church and with the church during the Pandemic.
Hope Grows with the Sewing Sisters
To continue this series, Alma Owens shares information about how the Sewing Sisters (and non-Sewing sisters) have continued to serve as the hands and feet of Christ during the Pandemic.
Talking Presence with Kyle Stubbings
To continue this series, Kyle Stubbings, shares story of the importance of presence and connection with the church.
Financial Update from Whitney Yancey
To continue this series, Whitney Yancey, a member of the Stewardship Committee and a former member of the Finance Committee, shares a financial update for the congregation. *This video was created in late August
Sherry Williams on Stephen Ministry & Prayer
To continue this series, Sherry Williams, a Stephen Minister, shares her thoughts on being a Stephen Minister during the Pandemic and about the importance of prayer in her work as a Stephen Minister.
Pastor Charley on Honoring Your 2020 Commitment
To kick off this series, we begin with a conversation between Pastor Charley and Stewardship team member, Brian Durham. They share their thoughts on how our membership vows of prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness ground our faith during these pandemic times and understand the message of hope as we continue to serve Christ in this world.