Dear Mauldin First Baptist Family,

The end of 2022 is nearly here!  While we can always find things in this world difficult and frustrating, the Christmas season should always be a time to give thanks to God and to remember His great love for us was demonstrated by giving Jesus to us as the greatest gift of all.  

As you and your family prepare your gifts for the end of the year, we would like to ask you to continue to remember your year-end gifts to Mauldin First Baptist Church.  Many of our families give generously and sacrificially during December and we count on those gifts to meet our budget goals and to help us replenish our missions and benevolence funds for the next year.   Meeting our budget goals enables us to continue supporting our missionaries, providing resources for our family ministries, and maintaining and improving our facilities.   We are very close to reaching our annual budget goal of $1.3 million.  Meeting our budget is always important, but given the extreme increase in inflation during 2022, our need to reach and exceed our budget is vital to continuing our efforts.  If you have any questions about year-end gifts of any kind, please call our church office and we’ll be happy to provide you with any information you need, especially if you have questions about non-cash gifts like stocks, bonds, or property donations.  Our church office will be open until 5 p.m. on Friday, December 30th to receive your year-end gifts.  Thank you so much!

As you continue your regular tithes and offerings, you may want to consider giving a designated gift.  For example, some of you have continued this type of giving toward our future sanctuary renovation.  Due to your steady and faithful giving, we have already made great progress toward this effort.  We will be giving you some additional updates early next year, so stay tuned!  But if you feel led to do so, you can make a year-end gift toward our sanctuary renovation.  And of course, don’t forget our annual Lottie Moon Christmas Offering!  December is the time of year when we collect a special offering that goes directly to supporting our international missionaries all around the world.  We are already very close to our goal of $20,000, which will help send missionaries to places where people have not yet heard the good news of Jesus.  We pray that we will exceed this amount for 2022 and continue to be faithful to God’s Great Commission to go and make disciples of all nations!

Please be in prayer about this.  Talk about it with your family.  Pray together for the Lord to lead you and open the door.  You’ve been so generous and sacrificial already… THANK YOU for this!  Thank you for giving and giving in such a sweet spirit!  

Christmas is a great time to give and remember how Jesus came to give His life for all of us.  And He has come to bring us “good news that will cause great joy for all the people!”  Luke 2:10. Let’s continue to make sure “all the people” have a chance to hear this good news!

Loving, Sharing, Serving, Making,
Wade Leonard
Senior Pastor, Mauldin First Baptist