You may give at any time by visiting http://ccparish.org/pledge.
Stewardship & Giving
One of the most valuable things we have to spend is our time. Here are some resources that the Stewardship Team developed to help us reflect on how we use our time, as well as our presence and our power, and how to practice stewarding them faithfully.
Your stewardship at Christ Church Episcopal Parish makes a difference. Programs for Christian education, outreach, evangelism, and worship enhance the spiritual life of this community. Your continued support reaches those both near and dear to us and those far away that you may never meet. But stewardship is not only a financial matter. We are called to “love and serve the Lord with gladness and singleness of heart.” Your stewardship is also a sacrifice of time spent in service and the sharing of talent.
Stewardship Campaign for 2018
We are celebrating our 65th anniversary of the founding of Christ Church Episcopal Parish this year. Over the past six decades, this church has grown and thrived because of the strong financial support we have maintained over many generations. Currently, of the 510 member-families that comprise Christ Church, 52% actively pledge annual financial support. Generous financial giving is essential to maintaining our parish for many more generations to come. Our willingness to give ourselves freely to something greater is what perpetuates our faith and continues our enduring ministries in this community and around the world.
The noted rabbinical scholar Rami M. Shapiro asks us: “Consider the jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has its place and no other piece can fit that place. Yet no piece makes sense on its own. Each piece needs the whole for its integrity and coherence. And the whole needs each piece to fulfill its purpose and bring meaning and order to the puzzle. Once a piece is in its proper place, its separateness is surrendered. We know a piece is in its place when it blends with the whole and it disappears.”
What is true for a puzzle piece is true for us as members of Christ Church with one exception; there is no hand putting us in our place. We must do that for ourselves. We must discover our place for ourselves and we must willingly take our place in this Community of Faith. When we do this, we discover the integrity and meaning of the whole; we discover the blessings that flow through all things and link each of us to the other and all of us to God.
You may give at any time by visiting http://ccparish.org/pledge. Our goal this year is to increase the number of pledging families by 50% in 2018 while asking those who already pledge to prayerfully consider increasing the amount they give. Throughout the pledge campaign, a large puzzle board will be on display in the Narthex. As pledges are received, the puzzle’s image will begin to take shape. We pray that by the end of the campaign, the Spirit that unites us will be complete and that through grace the puzzle pieces will blend together as One Body.
Peace & Blessings,
The Christ Church Stewardship Committee
Like most organizations and households, Christ Church makes plans for our ministry based on our anticipated financial and human resources. On the financial side, our budget is the plan we use, and pledges represent the most significant source of income in our annual budget. We need your pledge so that we can plan and budget for our ministry with your generosity in mind.
How much should I pledge?
We encourage you to pledge an amount that represents a proportion of your income. While many people find a “tithe,” the scriptural ten percent, to be a helpful framework, you may find a different level is right for you. Whether you decide to pledge 2%, 10%, 15% or more, we are confident that you will experience spiritual growth from offering from your “first fruits” to further God’s work in the world.
What is a tithe? A tithe is a pledge to give 10% of your income to the work of God, knowing that all that we are and all that we have are gifts of God.
I usually put $1/$10/$20 in the offering each Sunday I’m there – isn’t that enough? It is a meaningful spiritual practice to give something of what we have back to God’s work at each service, even if we pledge. Pledging, however, is a more conscious practice of giving and allows Christ Church to budget.
Do I need to pledge in order to attend service at Christ Church? You are welcome at Christ Church no matter what you choose to give in the offering plate or as a pledge. We do ask that if you believe in the work that this church is doing, you make a pledge to sustain and expand the ministry of Christ Church. Many who pledge say that they feel even closer to this community by committing to help support it financially.
Great, I want to participate – how do I pledge? Pledge cards are always available at Christ Church: see any member of the Stewardship Committee or Vestry, or just introduce yourself to an usher or greeter and say, “Where can I get a pledge card?”
I haven’t been to church in a few weeks. I think I missed the pledge card – is it too late? It is never too late to pledge your support to the ministry of Christ Church. Please ask for a pledge card and make your pledge.
My employer makes matching gifts – will Christ Church accept those? Absolutely! Please follow your employer’s process and if you have any questions contact: Dale Boss at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your giving to the life of Christ Church Parish!