MAKE A 2018 "PLAN FOR GIVING" TODAY!   

WHAT IS BOLD?
BOLD is Redeemer’s Stewardship Appeal for 2018. In recognition of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we take a cue from Martin Luther, who proclaimed with boldness the gift of God’s grace. We don’t score points with God for our good works, but we are nevertheless called to live out our baptism, called to believe, act and be bold for the sake of the Gospel.

WHAT'S THE CHALLENGE FOR 2018? 
In 2017 we successfully accomplished the refurbishing of our sanctuary as part of the Build on Faith program. This work was done not merely to satisfy our needs and desires; we did this work for the sake of our mission, so that this may be a place of grace of all, a welcome space in the midst of a hurting world. Our spiffed-up sanctuary is not an “end,” but another step in the direction of welcome and invitation.

As a community in Christ, we have so much for which to be thankful. The health and vitality of who we are and what we do is a reflection of the vitality of our faith. Our church matters and makes a difference in our community; for this reason, we encourage one another to grow in faith and generosity.

WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO? 
Our goal for 2018 is to continue to build on the vibrancy and strength of the ministry we share by growing our overall giving by 10%.

We especially want to build on our strengths by encouraging more of our members to make financial commitments for 2018, and for more to enroll in automatic giving. These simple things make a big difference!

Generosity starts with small steps. Every commitment, made faithfully in response to God’s amazing grace, has a great impact.

Your church matters, and it depends on you! Consider how you can grow in faith and generosity!

WHAT DOES FAITHFUL GIVING LOOK LIKE? 
Giving is a private matter between you and God; no one can tell you what you must give. That said, we can encourage one another to consider our giving thoughtfully and prayerfully. Some principles to keep in mind:

“first fruits”
We are called to give “off the top,” not out of what’s left over. In giving the first fruits, your faith commitment is a clear and demonstrable priority.

regular, proportional giving
The biblical principle is the tithe, or 10% of one’s income. That may seem unattainable, especially for those who are just beginning in their discipline of giving. The important thing is to consider a proportional approach, and to be regular about it.

prayerful
We are called to be prayerful in all things. Giving is a response of faith; ask God for guidance. Don’t be afraid to risk. Strive to grow!

WHAT ABOUT AUTOMATIC GIVING? 
Automatic electronic giving (sometimes called EFT, for electronic funds transfer) is a stewardship tool which helps keep giving up-to-date and regular throughout the year. It enables you to be faithful in your giving even when you can’t make it to church. You can create a profile yourself on our web site, www.redeemeronline.net, or you can complete the form included in this packet.








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