“He who supplies the seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity which will produce thanksgiving to God…” 
II Corinthians 9:10-11


Remembering those wise men traveling so far for Christ is a compelling image, one that reminds us we are gifted to travel the world for Christ!  It is impressive to think of the many ways in which our ministry together has impacted the world for Jesus. Special offerings, sponsoring our friends from Matsiko Childrens choir, the Soup Kitchen, Southern Utah Food Bank, SwitchPoint, Dove Center, Erin Kimball, and Pine Cliff are just a few that represent our desire to supply through our common ministry together.  2015 holds some very grand goals as well as we head out into the world through mission work and service to bring God’s touch to all.

How can all this happen? How is SHUMC able to do so much in the name of Christ? Because of people like you who no matter your station in life, are willing to provide so that our ministry can flourish! Thank you so very much for your faithfulness, for your dedication, for your willingness to be so much to a world that has so many needs. 
This is what the Gift for Jesus offering is all about; moving closer to the goal of being free from the debt constraints which inhibit our progress. Because of your faithfulness and the unerring commitment of Al and Medrith James, our mortgage is receiving quite an infusion!  The numbers look like this:
The total Gift to Jesus as of January 14, 2015, is $30,585. The breakdown is $11,000 through pledges and $19,585 through offerings.

I cannot thank you enough for your dedication to this task of ministry. At times it is easy to get distracted by the immediate circumstance or discouraged by numbers that seem so very large, but our God is expecting us to be in this for the long haul.  That means in the midst of doubt, we believe, in the face of challenge we persevere, and in the face of change we endure.
May that Lord, who has seen your trust and belief in this ministry by your commitment to our future, bless each one of your futures as well! And if you haven’t had the chance to offer a pledge or a gift, there is still time to do so! You can do that be using our Online Giving app on this web site or by writing a check. Just mark your check "Gift for Jesus” and the Finance Ministry Team will make sure it is applied to our principle mortgage debt.
Once again, thank you to each of you as you enter 2015 with hope as your guide and generosity as your goal! Shepherd of the Hills, you are amazing!
Rev. Michael







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