Pastor's Letter

By Brother Rudy

104 East Third Street / Tuscumbia, Alabama 35674

256-383-2853 / Email: office@tuscumbiaumc.org

Revival of Missions

February 2018


There are seasons in our lives, and the life of the church, where we need a fresh stirring of the flames.  I think Paul’s word to Timothy; “For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands…” (2 Timothy 1:6; NRSV)  We are not certain what caused Timothy’s enthusiasm in the faith to dim.  Paul calls him to rekindle or stir the faith that he had been given.

That happened here at Tuscumbia First last February.  Since the 1970’s and the ministry of Alton Parris, this church has supported missions through Faith Promise.  In this century, giving to Faith Promise had decreased.  Many had no idea what Faith Promise giving was nor had any idea about our Mission Partners.

That changed last February.  We experienced a revival of missions here at Tuscumbia First.  Many in our church family met our mission partners for the first time.  And we experienced a mighty move of God in our Faith Promise giving.  During our 2017 Global Impact Celebration we committed just under $80,000 to Faith Promise. This more than doubled what had been given to Faith Promise in 2016. 

But that is not the end of the story.  We actually gave $86,024 to Faith Promise.  When our GIC coach, Roger Wright, heard that report he said it was a miracle of God.  As we stepped out in faith, trusting God to provide resource above the tithe, God did so in a might way.  Churches sometimes fulfill their Faith Promise Commitments but to go over about 9%, that was a move of the Holy Spirit.

I am looking forward to seeing what God is going to do in us and through us this year.  Because of your generosity God is changing lives across the street and around the world.  In this Tidings you will read of the many opportunities to meet, talk with and listen to our Mission Partners.  Most of the Mission Partners who were with us last year will be back.  We have a couple of International Missionaries that are not able to come this year.  And we have some potential new Mission Partners who will be with us.

Continue to pray for our Global Impact Celebration.  Join in the Prayer Walk this Sunday.  Turn in your Meal reservations.  Look for your Faith Promise Commitment Card to arrive in the mail.  And make plans to join in our Global Impact Celebration, February 7-11.

Invite someone to join you for this Revival of Missions.

Rudy