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A Note on Pledging from Rev. Greg Batson

Dear Foothills Family,

Two millennia ago, Paul opened his Letter to the Romans with these words:

For I am longing to see you so that I may share with you some spiritual gift to strengthen you — or rather so that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.
(Romans 1:11-12)

These lines ring as true for the church today in 2020. Separated since mid-March by a world-wide pandemic, we yearn to see one another again. We have taken a few steps in this direction, but we remain masked and socially distanced in an effort to keep each other safe. Combined with wildfires and protests in our streets for racial justice, we have experienced a year unlike any other in our lifetimes.

But here is the good news: Foothills United Methodist Church remains strong in the face of these challenges. We have been “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith”, giving us the hope and strength we need in this time. We are a community of faith, connected both online and in-person. We have provided a full Sunday worship service since the shutdown with a high-quality online experience. We have continued to meet for Bible Study, Book Studies, Kids Connect, and FUMY via Zoom each week. Following a three-month closure, our top-rated Faith Academy reopened under new safety guidelines to provide childcare and preschool education for our community. Shifting to curbside delivery of food, diapers, and clothing, our Good Shepherd Ministry Center serves over three hundred households each week.

We have been able to continue to connect this year because of you. Your generosity of time and treasure has sustained and strengthened our ministries. While we know that 2021 will remain a challenge as we continue to face this pandemic, our resolve is unwavering. Therefore, I encourage you to make a pledge to support your church in the coming year. A pledge card and return envelope are included for your convenience. Please complete the pledge card and return it by November 30th using the enclosed return envelope.

We are grateful for your continuing support of our ministries. Whatever may happen in 2021, we will be here, mutually encouraging one another through our faith.

Rev. Greg Batson
Rev. Kristie Grimaud