Dear Fellow BUMC Members and Friends,


When we first started attending Broadmoor United Methodist Church, there were only two buildings---the Sanctuary and the Education Building.  They were not connected and people had to brave the elements going between them.  It is hard to believe, but back then, as you entered the sanctuary, the church’s entire administrative offices were underneath today’s balcony, where the very back rows of the sanctuary’s ground floor pews are.  Today we are blessed with the many additions and growth the church has experienced that includes the renovated Sanctuary with its beautiful stained glass windows, the Parlor, Fellowship Hall and administrative areas. 

That growth occurred due to the foresight and generosity of the many members who had the desire to give unselfishly to leave a legacy for future generations.  It is time for us to prayerfully consider how we can be part of that legacy.  Gratitude is the genesis of generosity. Our generosity is directly related to the gratitude we have for our Savior and His Kingdom.  Generosity cleanses our hearts and fills them with the servant spirit of Jesus himself, resulting in God being praised.
 
As Generosity Sunday approaches, each of us renews our vows to uphold Christ’s Church with our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service and our witness.  We pray that you will be present on Generosity Sunday, October 29, in one of our three services and join us in presenting your estimate of giving card as a visible sign that Christ and His church are first in our hearts.  If you cannot be present, please complete and return your card in the envelope provided prior to Generosity Sunday so that your card can be dedicated that morning with those of other members and participants.
 
God bless you for your prayerful consideration of this essential practice of Christian discipleship, returning a portion of the gifts He has bestowed upon you.  We pray that the Lord is forever with you, forever blesses you and uses you to bless others.

Randy & Stephania Braselton // Chair, Generosity Committee

 

What is Generosity?

What is generosity?  What is a “generous person”?  What does generosity look like?  Are we generous as individuals?  As a church?  As a community?  How can we be more generous in our daily lives?
This new column will explore in coming weeks these and other questions pertaining to generosity. Hopefully, this column will shed some light on how each of us as individuals, as well as a church, can be more generous in our daily lives.
Gratitude is the genesis of our generosity.  As we experience and appreciate God’s generous gifts of time, talent, service, etc., it ignites in us a desire to generously share those gifts with others.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.  1 Timothy 6:17-19
Being conformed to the image of Christ includes emulating his sacrificial, giving nature. We can use our own generosity as a gauge for our own spiritual health. How open are we to give? How sacrificially?  Generosity is a gauge of our gratitude as individuals and as the body of Christ.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16
Is it any wonder that the scripture that so explicitly expresses the loving gift we have received in Christ Jesus would also communicate God’s gracious generosity? Because God loved the world, he gave. Love inspires generosity—always.

The Generosity Committee