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Something to Think About 12-1-20 Devotion

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By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.  – The United Methodist Hymnal 196

What are you anxious about this Christmas? Is it your health, your finances, your family? Advent is a time to remember that whatever is going on in our world, God is still in charge. God created us in His likeness, and His promise of salvation is sure and reliable. Are you relying on God’s promise?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: November 30th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 11-30-20

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By Dr. Rick Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”—a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him.'” – Mark 1:2-3

Advent is the season in the Church where we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. God’s people will light Advent wreaths and sing hymns, and pastors will preach sermons about His coming. How will you prepare your heart this year for the coming of the Christ Child?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: November 30th, 2020 | Permalink

Interruptions - December 2020 Meditation

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"The Word became flesh and lived among us." – John 1:14

By Rev. Keith E. Lawder, GUMF President/CEO

I’m one of those people who genuinely dislike most interruptions. When I get into a groove on something, the last thing I want is for someone or something to come along and interrupt me. Yet when I read and reread the Christmas story, I have to believe that the birth of Christ was the best interruption of all time. When I think of Mary and Joseph, the shepherds, the kings, the innkeeper, and even the animals in the stable, baby Jesus was a hugely inconvenient interruption. And then I read the Gospel of John, and I begin to see the “interruption” in a whole new light. John writes, “The Word became flesh and lived among us.” Jesus comes to us not as a superhero or as the perfect centerpiece to our Christmas celebrations. Jesus comes to us as God’s Living Word: the perfect interruption to our imperfect lives. This Advent season, perhaps you can step back from the interruptions and consider how Jesus might be using this interruption to teach us how we can be more like Him. Perhaps we might rethink interruptions as invitations to receive the Word which became flesh to live among us!

Posted: November 30th, 2020 | Permalink

How to Give Securities to Your Church

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Giving securities is a great, tax-effective way to support your church. Unfortunately, brokerage houses often do not disclose the donor’s name or the beneficiary when transferring stocks. When shares arrive in the Georgia United Methodist Foundation’s account, the mystery begins. Until the mystery is solved, the church does not receive the gift and the donor does not receive a tax confirmation letter from their church.

Here are some tips to ensure your transaction goes as planned.

1. If your church has a brokerage account for this purpose, provide your broker with transfer instructions from your church.

2. If your church does not have a separate brokerage account but does have an account with GUMF, call us for instructions to give to your broker to transfer the shares to GUMF for the account of your church.

3. Notify your church and GUMF each time a stock gift is transferred. Be sure to provide the stock name and number of shares.

At the end of 2019, GUMF had thousands of dollars in unclaimed stock gifts. If you are wondering whether or not your church received your gift that was made through GUMF, call your church to confirm receipt. Or contact Misty Kush, GUMF Accounting Assistant, at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or mkush@gumf.org with the specifics, the beneficiary, and timing of the gift.

Posted: November 27th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 11-23-20

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By Dr. Rick Lanford, GUMF Regional Vice President

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing loves continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.” – Psalm 100:4-5

No matter where I am or whom I am with, when it comes time to break bread, I always give God thanks. It becomes an outward and visible sign of my love for God and what God has done for me. I pray that when you break bread this day, you will pause to thank Him and be a reflection of His love and grace for all people.

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
 
Dr. Laudis H. "Rick" Lanford
Regional Vice President
478-256-7130 (Cell)
rlanford@gumf.org


 

 

Posted: November 23rd, 2020 | Permalink