MAKE A 2019 "PLAN FOR GIVING" TODAY!   

Where is your church, exactly?  It might be closer to you than you think!


Often we think of the church as a place, where certain religious things are done.  We “go to church,” we say,  to worship, pray, learn, or simply to be together.  


But church isn’t a place so much as it is a people.  The scripture says it like this: you are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.  Church buildings and institutions are the structures that support the real “house of God,” that is, the human lives in which God has chosen to dwell.  We are the church, together. You are the church!


Each year at this time we highlight the importance of giving as a reflection of who we are as the church.  Our generosity is an unmistakable testimony to how much we value God.  Giving isn’t optional in the life of faith; you might say it is the life.   


WHAT ARE YOU ASKING ME TO DO? 
Our goal for 2019 is to continue to build on the vibrancy and strength of the ministry we share by growing our overall financial giving through growth in generosity and growth in the number of households participating. 

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. Nevertheless, we 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 secure website:  Automatic Electronic Giving Sign Up. 








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