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Generosity

Make a Pledge

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Ways to Give

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We give ourselves away in generosity and service.

As apostles of Jesus, we want to pour ourselves out as an offering to God. We seek to be generous with our time, talents, energy and financial resources, to be the good news of Jesus Christ in the world.

Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. I Timothy 6:18

From Dr. Tom Pace

Every Christmas, my wife Dee and I exchange gifts. I love receiving my gift from her, but the real joy comes when she opens the gift from me. I have chosen it carefully, and I know that the care taken is part of the gift. I give the gift as an expression of my love for her, and I love it when I see her wear or use the gift I have given. I take such delight in the experience of being the giver. All of us know this joy. The delight we feel in giving is because we were made in God’s image, and our generous God delights in being a giver to us.
I pray that during our generosity campaign this year, you will experience the wonderful joy of generosity. I hope that you will choose your gift prayerfully and carefully, because the care taken is part of the gift. I know that your gift will be an expression of your love for God. I pray that you will enjoy seeing the ministry of St. Luke’s use your gift to accomplish God’s work. And most of all, I hope you will delight in being the giver. The joy you feel will make God smile, because the gift you give began as a gift from Him.

Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. — 2 Corinthians 9:7

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Why we give to St. Luke’s

When we think of Glorifying God in Generosity, we aspire to use our gifts as a way to fulfill God’s mission on earth. It is amazing how our contributions, no matter how small, can become life–changing in God’s hands. From Sunday Worship to service projects around Houston and the world, the incredible gifts from St. Luke’s members are transforming lives.
Driven by the example of our family members who were selfless givers, our giving to the church has been a part of our lives since we were young. Now we try to instill those values in our children from an early age so that they may understand the importance of a generous heart.
St. Luke’s has strengthened our relationship with God through numerous Bible studies and a church family with dear friends who have supported us when we needed it most. We are so proud of the impact St. Luke’s has on its church family and the community and are thankful that our gifts, through God, can help accomplish His mission.

We give to St. Luke’s because

As a family we aspire to glorify God with a heart of gratitude for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. We believe that by devoting our time, talents, and financial resources to the church and community, we are able to express our gratitude for these rich blessings.
Like many people, we face challenging pressures on our time and money, but we feel we are called as Christians to be a witness to further the message of Jesus. Because St. Luke’s has become such a special church home for our family, we want our generosity to help fulfill its mission and be an example to our children for generations to come.

Make a Pledge

Making a pledge brings intentionality to our giving and develops the discipline of generosity as a priority in our lives. Through our giving, we acknowledge that everything we have is a gift from God.

You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.  2 Corinthians 9:11

Give a Gift

God desires us to be generous and to experience joy that comes from a life of generosity. Through our giving, we invest in and accomplish God’s mission to bless others.

Now as you excel in everything…see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7

Give a Gift

Your gift to the church operating budget supports the ministries of St. Luke’s, including the facilities and staff needed to accomplish this.

Operations

Building Fund

Capital Reserve Fund

Caring Ministries

Prayer Ministries

Children and Family Ministries

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation

Friends of Music

Member Care

Nick Finnegan Counseling Center

Outreach/Missions

Pure Sound Youth Choir

The Story Houston

Student Ministries

Bennett Arts Endowment

Make a lasting gift to honor or remember the life of another by making a donation to one of St. Luke’s established funds or ministry areas. An acknowledgement will be sent to the family of the deceased or the honoree on your behalf notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

Sponsoring the altar flowers is a beautiful way to honor a loved one who has passed away, give thanks for God’s blessings, or celebrate a special life event, such as a birthday, baptism, or wedding anniversary. Gifts are acknowledged in the Sunday bulletin. You can donate altar flowers online or contact Amelia Love by email or by phone, at 713-402-5027.

Altar Flowers

Give now to seasonal decorations fund

Ways to Give

Giving by bank draft is the most cost efficient method for the church and ensures that your gifts are received regularly. Click here to input EFT information. Or, call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 for assistance.

Make a one-time donation, pledge payment, or set up a recurring credit/debit card payment securely online by clicking here, or call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 for assistance.

Gifts of appreciated stock are another way to give to St. Luke’s. Please call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 to receive stock transfer instructions to provide your advisor.

Donors age 70½ or older can make charitable gifts to St. Luke’s directly from their traditional or Roth IRA accounts. The check must be sent directly from your IRA administrator payable to St. Luke’s UMC. Please call the Finance Office at 713-402-5026 to receive transfer instructions to provide your administrator.

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation

Give Now to the Foundation

The Foundation supports programs and ministries

Gifts to the Foundation ensure financial resources for the church to continue its vitality and meet future ministry needs. The Board of Directors strives to keep the Foundation very donor friendly by offering many ways to give. Gifts can be made to perpetuate annual pledges, future property maintenance, endowed scholarships to support youth, music, or outreach, for example. Undesignated gifts provide resources for the foundation directors to use to meet future needs of the church.

The History

St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation, founded in 1961, is a nonprofit organization created to support and enhance the programs and ministries of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church through gift planning.  Members with great vision and forethought wanted to ensure the physical and spiritual presence of St. Luke’s to future generations to support our mission of being a community gathered by Jesus to live out faith in love. Through the Foundation’s endowment and gift planning, members can leave a lasting legacy to impact others for Jesus Christ.  The Foundation supports scholarships and church ministries and programs, property and building maintenance, as well as giving members the opportunity to perpetuate their pledges through gift planning.

The Fellowship of the Spire’s long term vision is to create a group of St. Luke’s members who give thoughtful consideration to including St. Luke’s in their estate plans. When you make us aware that you have remembered St. Luke’s in your will or through a planned gift, the church includes you as a member of The Fellowship of the Spire. Your thoughtful gift can help ensure the great legacy of our church to continue the ministries of Jesus Christ to generations to come. If you would like to be part of continuing the success of the Foundation, please consider making a gift through one of the following:

  • Bequests
  • Real Estate
  • Memorials
  • Retirement Plan/IRA
  • Annuities
  • Life Insurance
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Appreciated Assets

For more information on ways to give to the Foundation, or to let us know that you have included the Foundation in your will or estate planning, please contact Sydney Collie at 713-402-5159.

Foundation Board of Directors

2018
Pat Houstoun
Mark Kidd
Molly Ward

2019
J. Gaut
J. David Anderson
Don Sinclair

2020
Collin Cox
Ken McKay
Todd Greenwalt

Foundation Officers

Chairman/Vice President – Mark Kidd
President – Tom Pace
Secretary/Treasurer – Teresa Robertson

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The following scholarships were established through St. Luke’s Methodist Church Foundation. Please note each scholarship has its own unique criteria and are awarded subject to funding availability.

THE UNITED METHODIST WOMEN’S FOUNDERS’ SCHOLARSHIP, established by the United Methodist Women of St. Luke’s on the occasion of the organization’s fortieth anniversary. The UMW Scholarship is given to seniors graduating from high school to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. The scholarships honor the founders of the organization who gathered January 8, 1946, in the home of Mrs. Hines H. Baker (Thelma).

THE HINES H. BAKER BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a full time Christian vocation. The class bears the name of a charter member of St. Luke’s, Hines H. Baker, who taught the class for a number of years and helped significantly with the founding of St. Luke’s Church.

 THE WOMEN’S BIBLE CLASS SCHOLARSHIP aids students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  The Class organized while the church met at Lamar High School and the scholarship honors the founding parents of our church.

THE KENNETH AND JANE FORD SCHOLARSHIP was established for persons pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university in Texas.  The Fords were charter members of St. Luke’s.

THE JAMES W. MOORE SCHOLARSHIP was established in memory of Ruth Claridge, who with her husband, Elmond, taught the third grade Sunday School Class of St. Luke’s for over thirty years.  This scholarship aids students pursuing a full time Christian vocation.

THE JANE SHEFFIELD SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  Jane Sheffield, a long-time member of St. Luke’s, was also the first woman to graduate from the University of Texas Law School.

THE ANN AND RANDY SMITH SCHOLARSHIP benefits students pursing a degree in special education from an accredited college or university.  The Adult Bible Study Class established this scholarship in honor of the Smiths, who provided leadership to the class since its inception.  The scholarship was established in 1997, on the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Adult Bible Study Class.

THE LEWIS WESLEY CUTRER SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid students pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university.  Special consideration will be given to those with financial need.  Mr. Cutrer, a former mayor of Houston, loved young people and believed in education.

UNITED METHODIST MEN’S SCHOLARSHIP, established by the St. Luke’s United Methodist Men, whose mission is to involve men in a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and his church, aid persons pursuing a college degree and who are in need of financial assistance.

GRACE I. AND GLENN R. DAVIES SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit students pursuing degrees from an accredited college or university. The Davies were long time members of St. Luke’s and their loved ones, in memory of Grace and Glenn, established this scholarship.

CELESTE TYBOR SCHOLARSHIP was established to aid single adults returning to an institution of higher education in the pursuit of a second career. Ms. Tybor was pursuing her second career when cancer cut her life short. Her many friends at St. Luke’s established this fund to honor her life and memory.

THE BENJAMIN VAUGHAN SCHOLARSHIP was established by Margaret and Emory Carl to aid students who are pursuing a career in the ordained ministry, church administration, religious education, church music, or any other full time career of service to the church. The scholarship was given in honor of Benny Vaughan, former Director of Program Ministries of St. Luke’s.

THE ELIZABETH DODGE SCHWAB SCHOLARSHIP was established to benefit a student pursuing a degree from an accredited college or university. This scholarship was created in Elizabeth’s honor by her husband David and mother, Ethel Dodge, to ensure that deserving individuals receive all the support they can towards achieving their goals.

JOHN T. KING SCHOLARSHIP was established in honor of the Reverend King who served St. Luke’s with distinction as Minister of Program and Administration. The scholarship benefits students pursuing a degree from Perkins School of Theology. A separate application for this scholarship is available upon request.

Contact Anona Karnaky at 713-402-5003 or akarnaky@stlukesmethodist.org if you have any questions regarding scholarships.

Finance Staff

Teresa Robertson
Teresa Robertson
Chief Financial Officer
Meredith Smouse
Meredith Smouse
Assistant Director of Finance
Sydney Collie
Director of Generosity
Caroline Cron
Caroline Cron
Senior Accountant
Bettina Hill
Bettina Hill
Payables
Sonnya Mccormick
Sonya McCormick
Payroll Accountant
Karen McCarver
Karen McCarver
Director Kids HOPE USA Briarmeadow & Contribution Specialist