Dear THRIVE family and friends,
What a powerful year it has been! We are a church that celebrates life change and while numbers aren’t everything, they are incredibly encouraging.
Here’s a few of the highlights:
· 40 new baptisms
· 53 new children through our Sunday morning programs
· 110 Operation Christmas Child Boxes distributed.
· 68 lives committed to Christ
· Over $20,000 raised to help build our future Thrive Home in Downtown Fulshear
Even though we have accomplished much together this past year, there is still much to be done as we continue pressing on in our mission ‘To make it easy for people to FIND and FOLLOW Jesus’.
To that end I want to invite you to help us finish the year strong and prepare ourselves for an exciting 2019 by prayerfully considering an end-of-year financial gift to our BE CHRISTMAS YEAR END OFFERING. Our family is making this a priority, and I’m asking you and your family to do the same.
While we have had a good year of giving, especially to special facility projects, we have a goal of giving $40,000 to our BE CHRISTMAS Year End Offering. This year God has laid it on our hearts to make even bigger impact in 2019. Here are the 3 areas of impact we are focusing on.
OUR FUTURE – Kids and Students (outreach, strategic resources, safety, family ministry)
OUR IMPACT – Do Good local and global missions in 2019 (Feeding Local families in need, helping support and start new church’s, reaching out to our community with the love of Christ)
OUR MISSION – Building of our Future Facility on the church’s 6 acres of land on Wallis Road / Downtown Fulshear.
You can make a donation by giving in our Sunday offerings, mailing a check to the church office, or through your Pushpay app. (Please note: in order for these gifts to be tax deductible they must be postmarked and/or given before December 31, 2018.)
I want you to remember that your gift funds a ministry that changes lives. Thank you for being a part of the THRIVE family and helping us accomplish the vision God has given us.
Together for Him,
what is giving all about?
IT IS ABOUT…MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Nobody wants to live a wasted life. Being generous with our time, talent and treasure can make a difference now – by giving water to the thirsty, food to the needy, or supporting people during difficult life-stages. And it can make a difference in eternity – by sharing the saving message of Jesus. You can do both by supporting the people and programs of a church like Thrive. In a culture that’s characterized by selfishness, giving expresses the radical compassion of Christ.
IT IS ABOUT.. GROWING OUR FAITH
Giving demonstrates our faith that the God who has provided for us in the past will provide for us in the future. It's the opposite of fear. Fearful people hang on with white-knuckles to anything they can get. Faithful people (or at least those who are growing in their faith) see everything in life as a gift from God – including their money. Every time we open our hands in generosity, we are saying to God, "This is yours anyway – please use it for your purposes”.
IT IS ABOUT… SETTING OUR PRIORITIES
When we give, we are acknowledging three things: First, everything that we have comes from the merciful hand of God. Second, the quality of our life is not measured by accumulating wealth, but by wisely investing it. Third, it is a privilege to be God's instruments on earth and distribute his resources to a broken, hurting world. When we give, we are actually making a conscious decision to exchange our plans, agendas and priorities for God’s.
IT'S NOT ABOUT SERVING OURSELVES
Jesus modeled servant leadership by leaving heaven and serving humanity – all the way to sacrificing his life for our salvation. From healing the sick to feeding the poor, he always put others first. And so should we. Our goal is to utilize God's resources here so people locally can know him, and there to expand his kingdom around the globe. From network church's in Michigan and California, we reach out to the world because our heart is for others, and we give to that end.
What are your basic beliefs about money?
One of our core values is to be “CRAZY GENEROUS"." We believe that God has blessed Thrive because we've followed two principles from the beginning: First, we see ourselves as a pipeline God can use to bless his people through. We don't hang onto offerings or hoard up cash; we just direct it to where it's most useful. Second, we see money as a tool to help accomplish God's will in the earth. It was his to start with, and we are only his "money managers."
Where does Thrive get its money?
Donald Trump and Bill Gates won't return our calls. So there's no phantom billionaire picking up the tab. It's the financial generosity of lots and lots of everyday people in our community that fuels the incredible life change that we experience around here. Our support comes from many individual contributions and offerings, including the tithes of our attenders.
What the heck is a tithe?
Under Old Testament law, Israelites were required to give 10% (a "tithe") of their earning. The New Testament suggests a similar, but voluntary, pattern. Paul says believers should regularly set aside a portion of their income to support the church (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). The exact amount isn't stated, but we see the 10% figure as a good benchmark for serious Christ-followers. If you're not there yet, consider it a target to work towards. All of us should pray and seek God's wisdom on how much to give. Remember, the time and money we give Jesus can be a pretty good indicator of how much we love him and trust him.
How does your budgeting process work?
Each ministry calculates their objectives and costs for the year. Then, appropriate staff contacts review the figures and may recommend changes based on the overall vision for the church. Their budget recommendation is submitted to the Executive Leadership Team for review. Following approval, ministries can use budgets to accomplish their ministry goals for the year.
Do you have an open book policy?
Come on in and check it out. We are glad to show our financial data to anyone who requests to see it. Simply contact our office and we will set up a meeting. If you have questions, you contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I be pressured to give?
Never. We do not receive an offering or "pass the bucket" at our services, we instead have giving centers located in our lobby and encourage online giving. In any case, there's never, ever any pressure to give – especially for visitors. No guilt trips, no squeezing. Thrive is supported financially by people who've cheerfully chosen to make it their church home. Giving is a form of worship, not a form of torture.
How does e-giving work?
E-giving is the easy way to make contributions to Thrive directly from your checking or savings account, credit or debit card. You can set up any specific dollar amount to be automatically deducted weekly, monthly, or whenever. Every day, more Thrive friends are switching to this fast, safe, convenient way to give to God's work. To get started, CLICK HERE
ways to give
It's fast, convenient and secure. E-giving allows a specific dollar amount to be automatically deducted from a checking or saving account. You can set this up as a one-time donation or recurring gift. You can also give by credit or debit card. We have a few locations in the lobby with an i-pad to get you all set up or get started on our Thrive Church app or CLICK HERE.
We won't be "passing the bucket" during our church services, but instead encourage our regular attendees to drop your contributions in the giving centers located in our lobby. Please designate if your gift is for General Fund or targeted to a special ministry. If you want to give cash, and you'd like a contribution statement, make sure you use the envelope that you receive when you walk in.
You can use the postage paid giving envelope handed out in your bulletin or you can send your donation to 9550 Spring Green Blvd, Suite 408-246, Katy, TX 77494. Mark it "Attention Finance Department." Be sure to include your name and address on the check so a record of your contribution can be provided for tax purposes.