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Christmas Eve Giving: $395,958
We gave it all away! Floris UMC continued its annual tradition in 2020. All funds went to ministries and partner organizations to transform lives. Over the years, your generosity has allowed us to give away more than $3.7 million.
During 2020, Floris UMC/Restoration supported our neighbors and communities across the globe through our partner organizations and their efforts to help families affected by COVID-19. This year’s recipients are Cornerstones, Helping Children Worldwide, Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter and Community and World Impact Fund.
We distributed all donated funds to our three ministry partners and reserved funds for local needs during the year. Your support will transform lives and build a better future for families, individuals and communities locally and globally.
Christmas Eve Giving is our church’s gift to others so that they can rediscover joy, peace, hope and love this season and throughout the year. Every cent you gave enables our church and organizations in our community and world to do life-transforming work. Thank you for your generosity!
Your general fund estimates of giving are a critical part of how we make a difference in our church, our community and our world. You may change your commitment at any time by notifying the finance office.
Floris United Methodist Church has a vibrant history dating back 126 years. As we continue today to live out our mission, to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world, we are the recipients of a wonderful history created by people who could never have imagined how they would bless all who now call Floris UMC their church home.
Many of our leaders have been asking, what’s next for Floris UMC? The Church Council has been working to answer this question. In 2014, we launched the successful $4,200,000 Imagine capital campaign with the purpose of reducing the $9,440,000 debt, reaching young adults, launching the Reston campus and breaking the cycle of poverty through investments in the Hutchinson Elementary School Partnership and the Sierra Leone Women and Infant Health Initiative.
The Church Council believes that now is the time to take bold steps to reach new people in our community with a message of hope and love. After months of study, focus groups, listening sessions and surveys, we considered your input on the following initiatives to launch the Dream 2018 capital campaign. We want to further help you become the person you want to be, by reaching out to the community and growing God’s kingdom.
DEBT REDUCTION: $3,000,000
Floris UMC has successfully built a campus that is valued at $31,250,000. Since the time of construction, we have worked to secure the financial future of the church as we reduce and pay off our debt. In 2017, we successfully refinanced our building long-term debt with a 10-year fixed-rate loan. This enabled us to reduce the amount of interest we would be paying over the remaining life of our previous loan while securing a lower interest rate that is now fixed rather than variable.
The congregation also conducted a series of capital campaigns that have reduced our debt by more than 50 percent from $13,800,000 to less than $6,500,000 today. We currently enjoy an opportunity to pay down our debt at a historically low-interest rate of 3.19 percent that is fixed for ten years. The Dream Campaign will also invite newer members to contribute to this goal. By reducing our debt today, we limit our financial risk if the economy passes through turbulent waters in the years ahead.
STUDENT AND FAMILY MINISTRY DISCOVERY FUNDS: $200,000
The framework of student ministries has not changed for several generations. The program works with students to educate them in the Bible and Christian faith, introduce them to a caring community and give them opportunities to serve others. These are worthy goals for middle and high school students, but they don’t address another essential longing in our area: the health of families.
Many of us would like to know how to have a better experience of being a Christian family. We want to have a loving community right in our homes. These funds will be utilized to renovate our student ministries to better equip our kids and the families in which they live. We want to work with consultants and best practice churches to implement a fresh and effective ministry model that reaches closer to home. While this initiative will include the renovation of the Hangar to create a more modern student space, it is the ministry itself that we hope to renew in the months ahead.
LAUNCH RESTORATION LOUDOUN: $550,000
Over the past year, church leaders from Floris UMC, Pleasant Valley UMC and Arcola UMC have been meeting to explore the possibility of church expansion in Loudoun County. The Rt. 50 corridor area is expected to continue growing at a rapid pace, and all agree that there is more opportunity than any one congregation can meet. This is a Luke 10:2 moment, where Jesus observed “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.” Jesus then told his disciples to “Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send workers into the harvest field.”
Floris UMC has an opportunity to partner with the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church to plant a third Floris UMC campus in Loudoun County, a fast-growing community where many Floris UMC members currently live. The new campus will be located along the Rt. 50 corridor and will be called Restoration Loudoun.
With the success of our Reston campus and because our church is one of the Virginia Conference’s most vital congregations, we anticipate their financial support in a matching grant that would expand our model of “One Church with Many Locations.” This strategy is recognized as one of the very best ways to reach those who do not currently attend church as well as those who are not yet Christians.
LAUNCH A MINISTRY TO PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS: $100,000
Floris UMC is a church for all people. We constantly look to further God’s kingdom and we believe one way to do so is to offer a spiritual and learning environment for all to access, regardless of ability. When the building was designed, special attention was paid to ensure that the physical structure would not prevent anyone with special needs from accessing the entire space.
Now we want to go even further to create a place where non-physical barriers are also removed and where all people will feel comfortable participating and growing in their faith. We will hire a part-time Special Needs Coordinator who will be responsible for training all staff and volunteers to work with people who have special needs, across all ministries. This individual will be responsible for community outreach, training volunteers across all ministries and ongoing staff training.
RENOVATE CHILDREN’S AREA AND NURSERY RELOCATION: $250,000
A consistent theme among churches with thriving children’s programming is that the space in which the ministry is done is both visually and intellectually stimulating and that the nursery is located near the worship center. Our current space has become dated and our nursery requires new parents to walk through what seems like endless corridors to reach the nursery. Even though the distance is not that great, the perception is that the nursery is much farther away from the sanctuary than one would expect. Originally, the proposal was to relocate the existing nursery and children’s spaces to the top floor, where the main church office is currently located. When this idea was tested by a sample of the congregation, the overwhelming response was that the price of this move was so significant that other opportunities should be investigated. The revised proposal includes the renovation of the classroom area and the nursery to make these areas more up-to-date and modern. This could also include moving the nursery closer to the existing children’s area to make it more convenient for parents. This project will allow for themed renovations by one of the many professional companies whose sole focus is designing attractional children’s space in churches.
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What will your legacy be?
The four great human needs, according to Dr. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, are to live, to learn, to love, and to leave a legacy. Each of us wants to be remembered for something special – an untarnished reputation, a life filled with good deeds, a monumental and lasting achievement. We want our accomplishments in this life to be remembered and have meaning beyond our lifetimes.
Some of us want to be remembered as a close and loving family member. Most of us want our life’s work to have a positive and lasting impact on society. All of us want to leave something of ourselves to posterity that will be beneficial for many years to come. What would you like your legacy to be? Have you made arrangements for a lasting gift – have you firmly established your legacy to future generations?
Your Legacy, Your Church
All gifts are from God, the Bible tells us. We are blessed with living in an affluent country with untold opportunities. Most of us have never known poverty or despair. Yet, problems like those exist in our community and in the world. Our church has served the spiritual and physical needs of our community for many years. Our Outreach has touched the lives of people locally in Herndon and Northern Virginia, in other states such as Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Mississippi and Tennessee, and internationally in Haiti, Sierra Leone, Ghana, and Nicaragua. With our help, it will continue to do so for many, many years into the future. This will be our legacy.
Floris UMC Legacy Fund
When you provide a gift or bequest to the Legacy Fund, it will be invested to provide a legacy of support for Floris in perpetuity. The disbursement of funds is done annually via a nomination and review process defined by church policies. These disbursements are used to expand the missions of the church which enables your legacy to grow with that of Floris UMC. Prior disbursements have supported diverse areas such as new mission and ministry development, scholarships, and more.
Leaving a Bequest
One way to give is with a bequest. Your will or trust can designate that a specific amount is given to Floris UMC’s Legacy Fund. Such a gift can take the form of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other types of assets. A bequest allows you to pass your gift to Floris UMC free of estate tax.
When you give a gift now, you have the joy of seeing your donation put to good use. If you itemize on your tax return, you will also receive an income tax deduction. If you give appreciated stock or real estate, you may be able to avoid capital gains tax on the transfer.
Other Ways to Give
By designating the Floris UMC Legacy Fund as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, you may give life insurance to the Legacy Fund. This can be a creative way of making a significant donation.
If you wish to discuss any of the ways to leave a legacy, please call the Floris UMC office and ask for more information or contact one of our Legacy Fund Committee members to discuss it in person.
Seeing Your Legacy in Action
The Legacy Fund Committee will be making disbursements annually to support various ministries at Floris UMC. Thus, you will be able to see your gift in action year after year in support of the current needs of Floris UMC and the ministries it supports.
Frequently Asked Questions
Read our FAQs about the Floris Legacy Fund.