How to think about your financial offering:
“Awe came upon everyone, because many signs and wonders were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need” (Acts 2:43-45)
-Proportional Giving: Begin with your household net income. What percentage of that income are you able to allocate to the ministry of the church? (Keep in mind that your offering should be made with both joy and generosity. Also take into consideration the tax benefit you receive in making a charitable offering).
–Follow Through: Once you have determined what you would like to contribute annually, you can easily calculate what your weekly or monthly offering will be. Then, you can choose:
-Automatic Withdrawal: By signing up, your monthly offering comes out of your account automatically, and you can rest assured that you will be contributing the amount upon which you decided, even when you are away. At the end of the year, the church issues you a tax receipt.
-Envelopes: There is one envelope for each Sunday of the year, allowing you to keep track of your giving, and allowing us to issue you a tax receipt at the end of the year.
-How? Ask a staff member, a Warden, or a Greeter.
–Count Your Blessings! (Regularly) Re-assess your givings as your household finances change, or on a yearly basis in reflection of the rate of inflation. Notice how your gifts and blessings are easier to see when you are actively sharing them with others!
Not all offerings are financial:
Feel good about your offering! We each have a unique financial context and we are invited to give what we can with joy. Giving of your time, your skill, this is also an invaluable contribution to the life of this community.