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Message from the Executive Director Sid Johnston

Thank you for visiting our website. I’m honored to be a part of this great Church and enjoy serving you as Executive Director of the Foundation.

The purpose of the Foundation is – and always will be – to assist in preserving the church’s magnificent facilities and supporting the vital programs and ministries of the church body.

If you have any questions about our Foundation, or would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact me personally. My phone and email are under the Contact Us button above.

May God bless you.

 

Sid Johnston, Blog Posting December 27, 2017:

How Truly Great Thou Art! - A Prosperous Year for the Foundation Turned into Blessings for the Church

“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

2 Corinthians 9:8    

How Great Thou Art indeed. This year has been an incredible year for the Foundation. We wanted to take a moment to reflect on our many blessings throughout the year. The Foundation’s purpose is to develop and maintain a growing endowment fund to provide our Church with ongoing, enduring financial support through income generated by legacy gifts and endowment earnings.

The Foundation has been fortunate to release to our Church a total of $2,164,184 this year. Every year we release $400,000 in January to start the year. In February, we provided around $100,000 in restricted annual ministry funding to programs such as the Mission, the Justice Ministry, Music, Worship, Children’s programs and others. In April, we release another $400,000 for the second quarter of the year. In June, additional distributions are determined for the remainder of the year based on the previous year’s ending portfolio balances. These funds are released to our Church in October and December. The Foundation is pleased to have fulfilled our commitment to our Church for 2017, with a check in October for $632,101 and again in December with a check for $632,101.

The blessings continue throughout the years as the Foundation seeks to continue its support of the Church. Since 2014, the Foundation has given $8,455,304 to the Church. The Foundation has been in existence since 1964 and over the past 53 years, our Church has received $52,799,837 from the earnings of the Foundation. That averages about one million dollars a year.

How has the Foundation been so successful? Well some may say that it is wise investing in the equity markets and others may say that it is conservative Board and staff management. But ultimately, it is the members of the Church!  We rely on the generosity of our membership to sustain the profitability of the Foundation which in turn maintains the yearly giving to the Church and its programs. Every year, income generated by Foundation endowment helps our Church grow and serve its members and our community without touching the original contributed amounts. We say thank you to those who have dedicated their money and time to assist us in making our Foundation solid and strong.

Did you know that the Foundation provides funding for programs such as: third grade bibles, Confirmation class, music, worship, scholarships, garden maintenance and many others? Did you also know that you can designate your contribution to various Foundation funds?

So, as you are getting ready for the end of year financial planning, perhaps there’s a way to celebrate the holidays by considering a tax-deductible 2017 gift to the Foundation. As the calendar year comes to an end, we wanted to take a moment to share this information with you. As always, we are here for you and appreciate hearing from you. Please contact Sid at 817.339.5072 or Heather Kopystecki at 817.339.5089 for additional information.

We are blessed to be a part of the Foundation and our Church as we focus on the future of our spiritual home.

To All, a very Happy New Year!

Blog Archives:

11/16/17 Foundation Thankful Series #1 - Thankful for Helen W. Watt's Vision for the Foundation in the Future

09/15/17 Treasures of the Earth Gifted to the Foundation - A Look into the Foundation's Oil and Gas Assets

08/01/17 Have you Heard the Great News? - Halfway Check-In on the Foundation

06/15/17 Thanking the Lord for Sunshine,Children & Summertime

05/09/17 Spring Cleaning... Not Just Cleaning your Home, but Fine-tuning your Estate Planning as Well

03/31/17 Shining Light on an Overcast Path: Singing the Praises of the Methodist Justice Ministry

01/27/17 Reflect on the Past; Look Forward to the Future

11/22/16 We Are Here For You: We Call It Thanksgiving Back

10/27/16 Living the Legend of Helen W. Watt: Developing a Legacy through Mentorship

09/2/2016 Where there's a Will, There's a Way!

07/30/2016 Foundation Endowment Just Keeps on Working for the Church

06/30/2016 Legacy Giving As a Family Affair

05/27/2016 The Godliness of Clarity and Transparency

04/13/2016 Which comes first? Committment or Confidence?

03/14/2016 Foundation Dedicated to AchievingFinancial Best Practices

02/19/2016 Foundation Announces Methodist Justice Ministry Endowment

01/26/2016 All great deeds begin as little seeds

12/31/2015 Conversations & Cheer: Celebrating Our Relationships

12/17/2015 Wise Gifts

11/17/2015 Legacy of Gratitude and Giving

10/30/2015 Generations of Tradition and Support

09/28/2015 Men of Faith and Works Created Your Foundation

08/17/2015 A Tradition of Support

07/6/2015 Growing God's People in the World

06/24/2015 Foundation Funds Scholoarships, Honors Staff

05/13/2015 Wise Financial Policies

04/27/2015 Why the Foundation Exists

04/20/2015 Care, Loyalty and Obedience

02/12/2015 Clothing Ourselves in the Honor of History

12/28/2014 Building to Finish, This Year and in Years to Come

11/3/2014 Pillars of Civil Society

10/25/2014 What a Celebration!

09/24/2014 Pillars of the Community

09/11/2014 The Fifth Pillar: Music & Fine Arts

08/14/2014 The Fourth Pillar: Mission & Outreach

07/31/2014 The Third Pillar: Education

06/24/2014 The Second Pillar: Renewal Through Worship

05/20/2014 The First Pillar: Vision The Foundation at 50