First UMC, Western MD
First UMC in Western Maryland recently celebrated the impact of partnering with MAUMF for its investments. Following the biblical parable of the talents, they felt called not to keep their resources safe, but to invest them in the building of God’s Kingdom. When an endowment of $147,000 came into the church they invested it with the help of MAUMF. Over the years, the money grew and recently they were able to distribute $357,000 for mission and ministry. The money has carpeted the church, provided a van for the church’s youth, repaired the roof, allowed painting to be done and created a contemporary worship service. Today, the current endowment balance is $155,000. It is, the church says, a seed that they will nurture to grow future ministry.