Stewardship and Finance
The responsibilities of the Stewardship and Finance Committee include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Help the congregation look to the welfare of the entire household or community. The community includes the congregation, the geographic community of our church, and the wider community of God’s world.
• Help each person in the congregation develop into a more faithful and effective Christian steward in all of those communities.
• Identify, perfect, and manage the finance system for the congregation. The finance system is the processes of raising, managing, and dispersing the finances so that the mission and vision of the congregation can be achieved.
St. Andrew UMC is a Stewardship Driven Church
United Methodists support apportioned and designated funds through their connectional gifts. By combining several smaller gifts into a larger amount, we can effect change across the world. Individual churches can minister to a small area; however, as a connectional church, we can do big things, all in the name of Jesus Christ. One word unique and basic to United Methodism is “connectionalism.” That means simply that all United Methodist leaders and congregations are connected by certain loyalties and commitments that call us to live in covenantal accountability and empower us to be in ministry around the world. There are a variety of causes that our apportionments support. They include the World Service Fund, Africa University Fund, Ministerial Education Fund, Black College Fund, Episcopal Fund, Interdenominational Cooperation Fund, and the General Administration Fund. Let’s look at the World Service Fund as an example of one of the aforementioned causes.
The World Service Fund is the primary avenue of support for the global mission and ministry of The United Methodist Church. World Service connects our church to a long list of Christian mission and ministry throughout the denomination in the work of the general church agencies and other national and international programs.
It is the heart of our denominational presence, expressing in the Four Areas of Focus the vision and yearnings of the people of The United Methodist Church. During this quadrennium, the church seeks to focus the work of making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world around these areas of ministry:
1. Developing Principled Christian Leaders for the Church and the World
2. Creating New Places for New People and Renewing Existing Congregations
3. Engaging in Ministry with the Poor
4. Stamping out Killer Diseases of Poverty by improving Health Globally
St. Andrew United Methodist Church: a place where stewardship is a reality, not just an idea.
We Are Proud of Our Acts of Stewardship
Food and Clothing Pantry
Line of Warmth
We Care Ministry
Blankets for the Homeless Ministry
Secret Sister Ministry
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Vacation Bible School
Children’s Sunday School
Adult Sunday School
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
United Methodist Women Ministry
United Methodist Men Ministry
Viet Now Ministry
Annual Crop Walk
Lay Speaker Training
Domestic Violence Seminar
Financial Planning Seminars
Annual Corn Fest
Annual Christmas Faire
Youth Group Outings
Paperback Books for Jail Inmates
Rainbow Covenant Offerings