Submitted by: Steve Barrett, Hartford UMC.
In the fall of 2014 a family member of the Hartford UMC was back in town to visit (he lives in UT). Reconnecting with the church he was pleased to see the various community ministries in play by the church his family has had ties to for generations. After spending time with our regular members, he and I had a chance to talk and begin a relationship that centered on our love for the church as well as our both being veterans (USAF). Shortly after he returned to his home in Utah, we received a substantial financial support check in the mail. Then the following month we received another one…then another…and another… He has been a cheerful and substantial supporter of the Hartford church now for just over a year, enjoying the relationships built and hearing about the success of the church in community ministry.
Don’t overlook the building of personal relationships!