Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Church donates excess offerings to partner congregation

1/10/2022

Like many local churches, the United Methodist church in Lindsay had struggles with church attendance because of the ongoing pandemic. Despite the challenges, the church also had one of its most fruitful years in financial giving. Rather than keep the excess funds, however, the church gave it to the United Methodist church in Wynnewood.

“We already have a connectional, spiritual, and strategic relationship with Wynnewood UMC,” said Lindsay pastor Rev. Mark Whitley in a letter accompanying the gift. “After discussion with the families who have been supporting worship at Wynnewood, and with our finance committee, we voted unanimously and with great joy, to pay the starred apportionment items for Wynnewood.”

The $2,398 donation both shocked and humbled Jim Dixon, lay leader for Wynnewood. He said the gift gives the church hope for the future by boosting morale for the church members.

“I’ve heard so many stories of churches facing their own struggles,” Dixon said. “If someone else is willing to help when you fight your battles, it makes a difference; you know you’re not alone in your struggle.”

Whitley acknowledged multiple other churches are going above and beyond in response to generosity they may have received in 2021. He lamented that Wynnewood was roughly 30 miles away from Lindsay.

“The Lindsay church is committed to some sort of informal strategic partnership with Wynnewood,” Whitley said. “I wish the church was just a little closer.  We could be more supportive.”

Dixon hopes that other churches will be aware that they are all in a similar struggle together.

“It’s been a struggle to keep our spirits up,” Dixon said. “If everyone knows we’re all going through this, then we’ll all get through it some way or another. God is great; He will find a way to help us.”

 

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