By Cynthia Laird, Senatobia District Communications Coordinator
The Rev. Mike Hicks, associate director of the Mississippi United
L to r: Rev. David Laird, Rev. Mike Hicks, Lisa Hicks--Hicks delivered the Consecration Sunday message.
Hicks spoke of God's generosity to us in giving us the gift of life and our giving to the Lord as a way of recognizing His generosity. Our spiritual maturity involves all that we have and all that we are. First, there is the acceptance of Jesus as your savior, and then there is faithfulness to God in every area of your life. When we give of our time, talents or finances, we are celebrating how God has generously blessed us--we are saying, "Thank you Lord."
The Mississippi United Methodist Foundation is based upon the principles Hicks discussed. The foundation's mission or purpose is "to enable the Church in the achievement of her God-appointed missions by providing resources that strengthen the ability of United Methodists to be faithful stewards and discover the joy of giving and philanthropy while advancing Christian ministries," said Hicks.
The Foundation helps individuals, churches and United Methodist missions and ministries by providing assistance in planned giving and development, stewardship, administrative services and investment services. This financial ministry serves to help United Methodists make wise use of their God-given resources now and offers sound vision for giving as a legacy to future generations in God's family.