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2020 Stewardship Letter #2

Dear FUMCCV Family & Friends, 

This year is continuing to be a significant season of transition and change for FUMCCV, and many people around our country. I believe this process is also are preparing us for the new way in which God will continue to use FUMC.CV for His purposes in the future.

If you regularly check our monthly finance report in the Pathway, you already know that our offerings are less than anticipated year to date. To adjust what we planned for 2020 to what the Lord is providing, several adjustments have been made.

First, the leaders of each ministry at FUMCCV have been diligent in delaying or forgoing as much spending as possible. We have been careful to prioritize expenditures and prayerfully consider creative cost-cutting measures. Dave Hall our Chair of Finance has been a faithful and wise coach to our church leaders in this important process.

Secondly, we have secured funds through the Cares Act. Just like Joseph in Genesis 41, we have made sure to store up some funds. These reserves will enable us to flex with the uncertain times. We made some announcements and gave some reports during this process. Giving during August was right at 100 percent of budget; yet we saw another dip that brought us back to deficit in September.

As we plan to take our giving to the next level during our 2021 Stewardship campaign, I’m looking forward to what is to come. As the Lord continues to transform and mature us, I believe that His blessing on FUMCCV and to the world through FUMCCV has just begun. FUMCCV has become refuge to many new online viewers during these uncertain times. With your support we can continue to be so.

Your investment in this kingdom work is so valuable, your gift matters! Your tithes and offerings are impacting real people, solving real problems, making the world a little more like heaven. Enclosed in this letter is our pledge card for 2021 and our narrative budget which outlines what you have done to impact this community and the world. We have also created a pledge form which you may submit online at www.fumccv.org. We encourage you to use this tool.

 It is important that we receive your responses timely, please prayerfully consider your commitment in 2021 as this will enable us to determine our impact in the community for the upcoming year. Let us do everything we can to support each other and wonderful work Christ is doing.

Ariana Horcasitas

 

 

 

Dear FUMCCV family, it is with both excitement and sadness that I share with you that my role as Director of Finance will end this Month. I want to thank you for such a wonderful opportunity to work, learn, express my faith and grow with you all. After 5 happy and productive years, I leave with many great memories to cherish for the rest of my life. Just as the feeling of embarking on a new life journey is exciting, leaving all of you is equally disheartening.

 

I’m leave at peace knowing that my replacement is a blessing to this congregation, and that you have chosen a great candidate to fill my position. It is with this letter that I take the opportunity to introduce you to Brian Cox as new Director of Operations. For those of you who have not been as fortunate to personally know Brian, he joined us in 2018 after retiring from his position of Principle Recreation Manager for the City of Chula Vista in 2014. Brian has been an integral part of our ministry and his contributions to the staff and the congregation specially during the beginning of the pandemic have been nothing short of exceptional.  Brian is our current Office Manager, he is a part of the Re-opening task force, and is well acquainted with the church and preschool finances. I have full trust in the great work Brian will continue to do for FUMCCV. Please join me in expressing my congratulations to him.

 

It has been my great joy to serve each of you and this congregation. I will miss you all, but I know God has great things coming. I ask for continual prayers as our staff members settle into new roles.

 

Thank you for your support, prayers and encouragement,

Grace and Peace,

Ariana Horcasitas