Learning and Embracing the Discipline of Giving
By Jenn and JP Coughlin
Recently, I was listening to Air One. In a segment in between songs, a pastor discussed the importance of discipline in working to improve a skill, sport, musical instrument, or even a relationship. The discipline of consistent giving is important too, and one I learned as a child from my parents.
I have a vivid memory from my childhood of a bank that my parents gave to my brothers and me. The bank had three sections: one for church, one for savings, and one for personal spending. Anytime we earned money, we were to put 10% into the church section, 10% into savings, and 80% into personal spending. I am grateful to my parents for teaching and reinforcing in me the discipline of consistent giving to the church. I am also grateful to my husband for his commitment to that same discipline as a part of our marriage. Now that we have children of our own, we are teaching them the discipline of giving, as a foundation of their faith and ours as a family.—Jenn Coughlin
When Jenn and I were married, the PVUMC community made an investment in our relationship, and the church gave us the tools and guidance for a successful marriage. In turn, we made a decision to invest in this community through our time, talents, prayers, and gifts. Two years ago, we began a journey to find a church home closer to our physical home in Tempe. I am happy to say that the search brought us right back here to PVUMC, which is a testament to how incredible this community is. This journey inspired us to challenge ourselves to increase our investment in this community, and to pledge to continue that increase with discipline each year. —JP Coughlin
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” — 1 Timothy 6:17-19
We invite you to pledge your support to Paradise Valley United Methodist Church for 2015-2016, just like the Coughlins have done.
The first step, after prayerful consideration, is to fill out a blue pledge card, found in the pew pockets, or in the church office. As a thank you and a reminder, please ask our office for a “Be Rich” magnet. Place it where you will see it and remember to “Put your trust in God, who richly provides.”
You can set up recurring giving via your bank account or a designated credit card, or sign up to receive offering envelopes to give by check or cash in worship. Please refer to the pledge card in the pew pocket for all our giving options or call the church for assistance at 602-840-8360. Every gift matters, large or small. We thank you for your support of PVUMC. You are God’s love in action.™