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1 Embracing God s Future... Centreville United Methodist Church Holy and Gracious God, We know that where two or more are gathered together in your name, you are there. So we give thanks for the presence your Holy Spirit among us and for this opportunity to sit with one another. Holy God, for generations this body believers has labored faithfully to share your love with the world, and it is our earnest desire to continue the work making disciples. And so, we ask that you would open our hearts to receive your guidance, empower us with the boldness to respond when you call, and grant us courage as we embrace your future. In the name Jesus Christ, our LORD. AMEN

2 From Our Pastor, Rev. Will Montgomery In Hebrews 11, we read one account after another how people responded in faith. Then the author gives this wonderful statement to the early church therefore, we are surrounded by so great a cloud witnesses. We, at Centreville Church, are indeed surrounded! Those who have gone before us witness to us the importance stepping out in faith, taking great risks to leave one church building to start growing in a new place. They have taught us the importance being a church for others as we meet the needs others in the community and abroad. The cloud witnesses is not limited to those who have gone before us but are with us now. We are blessed in so many ways by the members who make up this congregation as we worship, grow and serve together in our mission to make disciples for Jesus Christ. After acknowledging the cloud witnesses, we hear a challenge to run with perseverance the race that is set before us. The race before us is a challenging race as we seek to embrace God s future for our church. Our church building needs some tender loving care with a new ro, refurbishing high traffic areas, technology upgrades especially in classrooms and public access points. We need to eliminate our debt so we can transform that funding to debt into greater outreach to our changing community. I recently walked outside while parents were getting ready to pick up their children from school. In a conversation with a preschool parent she said that I hear that you are trying to do some big things here. I told her we were seeking to take care our church building, pay f debt and expand our outreach. Her response was not what I expected. She said, How refreshing to hear that a church wants not to build more buildings but take care what you have. Every household in our church is being asked to prayerfully consider making a financial commitment to the campaign in addition to the annual gift that supports the ongoing ministries the church. One the key words in our mission statement is the word together. Together, with each giving not an equal share but an equal sacrifice, we can meet our goal as we seek to run with perseverance the race that is before us and be ready to share the baton faith with those yet to come. Grace and peace, Will From Our Planning & Policy Council Chair, Ray Leonard When my family and I joined Centreville UMC 26 years ago, I had no idea what this church would come to mean to me. Like many members, my involvement at the start was limited, largely because I allowed so many other things in my life like my job, long commutes, and kids activities to take priority. It wasn t until Bert Sikkelee called me in 1996 to ask if I would serve on the Trustees that I began to realize what an important role each member can play in helping our church make disciples for Jesus Christ. Since that first committee, I have been blessed to serve in a variety roles within our church. Each new opportunity has helped me grow in faith and serve God. As the Chair the Planning and Policy Council I have recently been involved in discerning what we must do to ensure that this church will continue to be a vibrant part the Centreville community as we seek to do God s work. Over the past few months it has become clear that we must take a major leap faith to accomplish this. Our 25-year-old building is showing its age. We need to repair or replace several ros, repair/refresh many the common areas, and upgrade the building s technology. A major impact on the budget is the 21% that goes to pay our mortgage. Imagine what we could do with those funds once the mortgage is paid f. Solving these problems is not simple and cannot occur overnight, but there is a way we can do this, and we believe that now is the time. We are asking everyone who attends Centreville UMC to join in embracing God s vision for this church. This will require each us to prayerfully consider how we can both continue to support our annual budget and sacrificially give to the capital campaign, so that we can make sure this congregation will continue to be able to make disciples for Jesus Christ while they worship, grow and serve together. In this way we can, as Paul said in 2 Corinthians 9:12, not only meet the needs the Lord s people but overflow in our many expressions thanks to God. I pray that you will join me in supporting the work God is doing through each us here at CUMC. Please help us ensure that this church will continue to be a beacon faith and hope in this community, now and into the future. Thanks be to God, Ray

3 A Brief History Centreville United Methodist Church 1854, The Old Stone Church is constructed. 1973, CUMC worshiped in the second building located at Route 28 and I-66 and the Church was expanded in , Centreville Day School opened and has served the community with distinction for 33 years. 1992, CUMC moved to the current Sanctuary. 1994, CUMC adopted a plan that one third the budget would be committed to mission. Historically, CUMC has been strong in mission outreach and has sent teams to Sneedville, Appalachia, Chile, Russia, Lithuania and Haiti. 2004, CUMC expanded the current building to include a dedicated floor for the widely recognized music program, additional classrooms, and the Recreation and Outreach Center. 2005, CUMC began the Upward Basketball program as a community engagement and outreach.

4 Our Mission: Making Disciples Jesus Christ, We Worship, Grow and Serve Together. We exist as a church to do the work Christ in our world. That work starts with worship, continues with deepening discipleship children and adults, and culminates in service to the world! Our building is but a tool for ministry a heavily used, well worn, and extremely effective tool! Worship Hand Bell Choirs Music Camp Traditional Worship Vocal Choirs Welcoming Ministry 11:02 Contemporary Service Grow Bible Buddies Boy Scouts Troop #893 Centreville Day School Confirmation Congregation Care Covenant Groups Divorce Care Grief Share Journey Classes Junior UM People (JUMP) Small Groups Sunday School Classes United Methodist Men (UMM) United Methodist Women (UMW) United Methodist Youth (UMY) Upward Basketball Vacation Bible School Serve Abukkloi Appalachia Service Project (ASP) Brain Foundation Camp Highroad Centreville Labor Resource Center Emergency Response Team English as Second Language FACETS (Hot Meals) Family Pass Food for All Grace Ministries Heifer International Helping Haitian Angels Hypothermia Shelter Lamb Center Lithuania Mission Middle School Mission Week Military Ministry Missionary Support New Hope Fellowship Church Operation Christmas Child Rebuilding Together Rise Against Hunger/Clean Water Sneedville Mission Support Groups Teens Opposing Poverty (TOP) UFO (You Feed Others) Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

5 The Needs: Building Repairs/Renovations ($500K) Repair/Replace Sanctuary and Chapel ros Repair leaks in other ros, replace as needed Replace windows with broken seals Update/refurbish Fellowship Hall Correct site water drainage issues Resurface parking lot Leaks in Sanctuary and Narthex ros Retire the Mortgage ($3.8M) $3.8 million-dollar debt $370,596 per year, $30,883 per month Parking Lot Sanctuary Ro Capital Reserve Fund ($500K) Provides needed funds to make unforeseen repairs without impacting the annual budget Future HVAC repair/replacement Ongoing major building repairs/maintenance Mission/Outreach Tithe 10% campaign total Narthex Window Ledge Chapel Ro Endowment Fund Contribution ($400K) Fellowship Hall Partitions Fellowship Hall Closets Our Opportunities: What could Centreville UMC do with $370,000 more each year? Worship Greater support for our outstanding music programs, particularly for children and youth Enhancements to the worship experience Grow Increased support children and youth education programs Expanded small groups and support groups Serve Greater support for local community agencies (FACETS/WFCM/Lamb Center) Expanded opportunities for supporting missions in the VA Annual Conference Meet growing needs those in our community

6 Annual Stewardship Our annual giving is our first fruits giving to God. This giving supports the work Christ in our world through the operations the church. All our underlying infrastructure costs, such as electricity bills, staff salaries, and debt service rely on this funding. In addition, all our budgeted ministry costs, from confirmation supplies, to altar candles, to mission ministry support depend on the annual budget. Annual giving should come first. As Christians, we believe everything we have belongs to God, and we are called to give back to God through our time, talents, gifts and service. As a member a church community we are asked to make an annual pledge as a sign this stewardship and to help ensure the continuation the work God is calling us to do. Our pledge dollars go to support our annual budget, which includes: Worship Adult Ministries Children, Youth, and Family Ministries Christian Education Facilities Debt Service Our Annual Operating Budget is $1,770,000. We have roughly 350 active giving households in our Church Community. We ask that you will prayerfully consider making a pledge to our Annual Giving Campaign. 1 Chronicles 29:9 Then the people rejoiced, for that they fered willingly, because with perfect heart they fered willingly to the LORD: and David the king also rejoiced with great joy. Current Budget Annual Operating Budget $1.7Million Building Debt Details Remaining principal $3.8 Million Monthly mortgage payment $30,883 Mortgage pay f in 2022 $2.7 Million

7 The Capital Campaign A Capital Campaign has certain features distinguishing it from annual giving: It is in response to a matter SIGNIFICANT need, and therefore takes place ONLY when necessary. It invests its return in PERMANENT PROPERTIES. It seeks much LARGER AMOUNTS money than a planned budget can meet. It schedules payments over a LONGER PERIOD time, allowing donors to select a giving plan convenient for them. It requires a PLANNED and INSPIRATIONAL effort, ten involving gifts annuities, real estate, stocks, trusts, life insurance, IRA s, securities or other assets. Through these gifts, many individuals come to realize the joy deepening their faith and commitment to Jesus. The Bible speaks equal sacrifice in our giving, not equal giving. Campaign Gift Amount 3 Years Weekly Bi-Weekly Monthly Quarterly Semi-annually Annually 156 payments 78 payments 36 payments 12 payments 6 payments 3 payments $1,000,000 $6, $12, $27, $83, $166, $ $500,000 $3, $6, $13, $41,667 $83,333 $166,667 $250,000 $1, $3, $6, $20,833 $41,667 $83,333 $125,000 $ $1, $3, $10, $20, $41, $100,000 $ $1, $2, $8,333 $16,667 $33,333 $75,000 $ $ $2, $6,250 $12,500 $25,000 $50,000 $ $ $1, $4,167 $8,333 $16,667 $40,000 $ $ $1, $3,333 $6,667 $13,333 $30,000 $ $ $ $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 $25,000 $ $ $ $2,083 $4,167 $8,333 $20,000 $ $ $ $1,667 $3,333 $6,667 $15,000 $96.15 $ $ $1,250 $2,500 $5,000 $10,000 $64.10 $ $ $833 $1,667 $3,333 $5,000 $32.05 $64.12 $ $ $ $1, Gifts Marketable Securities The church will accept marketable securities as contributions. This is a potential funding mechanism for donors who have appreciated marketable securities to obtain a tax deduction and avoid paying capital gains on the disposition the securities. Normally the tax deduction for donation marketable securities is the fair market value the securities on the date the securities are donated. Charitable contribution limitations may come into play with the donation marketable securities. Each donor contemplating the donation marketable securities needs to consult their personal tax advisor.

8 Loving and Gracious God, we look to you for wisdom and guidance. We ask you as a congregation to help our church break free from our current limitations. Where we see impossibilities raise our awareness to see how with you all things are possible. Help us accept the challenge and enable us to be the church you are calling us to be. Give us strength and courage to go where you would have us go and do what you would have us do. We ask this in the name your son, our savior, Jesus. Amen. Centreville United Methodist Church 6400 Old Centreville Road Centreville, VA (703) Photo by Mohammad Alizade. Used by permission from

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