What is Faith Promise?
Faith Promise is what we call our collective community prayer during the year: Lord, how much would you give through me that you would not normally give to me for the sake of healing the world in Jesus’ name? As we pray this prayer, God provides “extra money” to us. We bring that “extra money” to the church. Our collected Faith Promise Funds are then sent out, 100%, to support our mission partnerships locally, regionally, and globally. This is giving above and beyond our regular, proportionate financial support of the ministries of First Church. The Faith Promise Fund is administered by the Outreach Committee and distributed according to their proposed spending plan for 2018.
How does God answer this prayer for “extra money”?
Most frequently, it seems, God provides this extra money in one or more of three ways when we begin to pray:
- Re-aligning our personal budget so that funds formerly spent in other ways can be re-directed to the Faith Promise Fund.
- New opportunities to produce income.
- Unexpected money that “shows up”.
We don’t spend money we don’t have
The Outreach Team, under the leadership of Jordan Natoli, only expends the monies we have actually received. No money is taken from other church revenue. No emergency appeal will be made. As God provides in response to our prayers, and as we individually pass along the money through our Faith Promise gifts, the Outreach Team sends out support to our Faith Promise partners. Generally, authorization is made for payment on a quarterly basis.
Proposed Faith Promise Spending Plan for 2018:
Summoned to Serve ... $25000
Supports commodities/supplies to pack 100,000 meals on an August Sunday morning
Short-Term Mission Trips ... $20,000
We anticipate covering 1/3 of the cost of each youth on the summer mission trip in 2018 as well as 1/3 of the cost of team members on a short-term mission trip to either Mexico or Nigeria with Back2Back Ministries.
Food Ministries (mobile food truck, food pantry, community dinners) ... $10,000
We provide mobile food pantry trucks eight months of the year in partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank and also support the Crystal Lake Food Pantry.
Scrappy Quilters ... $800
We support quilting supplies for our First Church quilters who produce quilts for children in the neo-natal ICU at Sherman Hospital in Elgin.
Prisoner Relief Ministry ... $3000
We provide financial support to this highly-effective ministry that helps ex-offenders re-enter life after their incarceration. The State of Illinois provides a 3 to 1 grant that multiplies our effective gift to a level of $12,000.
Home of the Sparrow ... $1000
A local ministry individuals who enter HOS receive supportive and holistic services that address the core issues of homelessness. Home of the Sparrow serves single women and single women with children or pregnant, women who are homeless of all ages and demographics.
Coventry School/KIdsHopeUSA ... $900
First Church, through KidsHopeUSA, is engaged in a structured mentoring/tutoring program that provides tutors from our congregation to students in Grades 1-3 who have been identified by teachers and social workers as candidates for this special, weekly, year-long ministry of educational assistance. We are launching in January, 2018. The funds cover our annual partnership agreement with and support from KidsHopeUSA
Preschool Scholarships ... $2000
These funds are administered through the First Church Preschool to assist families in need by subsidizing tuition.
Refuge for Women ... $10,000
RFW is a national organization that has launched a Chicago base in response ot the 25,000 women and girls That are sexually exploited and trafficked in the Chicago area every year. The RFW aftercare home opened in Crystal Lake in October of this year.
Men’s House-Building Project ... $20,000
In cooperation with Appalachian Service Project, First Church United Methodist Men are partnering to build houses in Appalachia. We will provide funding as well as work teams for construction.
Bethany Hope Home - Nigeria ... $20,000
Our investment provides for two years of operation, maintenance, staffing, and support for the youth home in Jos, Nigeria.
Total ... $112,700
Will you join the Faith Promise Prayer…asking God to provide “extra money” that we can pass along for the blessing of others?