We give out of gratitude to God, and because we choose to be connected to a faith community.
When we give to North Highland UMC we are able to sustain and expand our ministries and grow
in outreach and possibility. This year’s budget is based upon actual figures and reflects our plans
and dreams for the coming year.
Our hope is that as our dreams increase so does our budget, because we are freely giving to expand our congregation’s mission to Worship Grow Serve.
We also give to stay connected to and commit to the United Methodist Mission Statement of
making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Giving keeps our ministries
alive and feeds our own spirits.
Automatic monthly giving is available which is helpful particularly if you travel or are often gone.
Information on enrolling in automatic giving is available through the church office.
A new book, The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose, explores four kinds of giving: 1) Voluntary Financial Giving 2) Volunteering 3) Relational Generosity 4) Neighborly Generosity and their relationship to five measures of well being: 1) Happiness 2) Bodily Health 3) Purpose in Living 4) Avoidance of Depression 5) Interest in personal growth.
The book is based on a study done at Notre Dame. The conclusion reached from the study was that “Generosity is paradoxical. Those who give, receive back in turn. In giving of ourselves for others’ well-being, we enhance our own well-being as well. In letting go of some of what we own, we actually increase our own security and sense of comfort …By always protecting ourselves against future uncertainties and misfortunes, we are formed in ways that make us more anxious and actually more vulnerable to future misfortunes. In short, if we fail to care for others, we do not properly take care of ourselves. An examination of the survey and interview data reveals not only that generous practices, or a lack thereof, shape personal growth, purpose, health, and happiness, but also how generosity is linked with well-being.
When we give we receive: we are happier; we feel healthier; we feel we have a purpose; we seek personal growth.