What is expected of me?
The Bible teaches us to give the first 10% of what we earn to God (the “tithe”). For some, giving one tenth is a very difficult goal. For others, it is the starting point, and their giving far exceeds 10%. The important thing is to give to God a proportion of your income that appropriately reflects your means, and that your offerings express both your desire to serve the Lord and your investment in God’s work. Begin by determining what percentage of your income you are giving to God. If you are not yet tithing, consider taking a step toward tithing this year. For example, if you now give 2% of your income, consider increasing your gift to 3%, and add 1% each year until you reach the tithing goal.
Why should I pledge?
First, the process of making a prayerful commitment is an act of worship, an expression of gratitude and praise to God. Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Second, on a more practical note, your commitment allows our church to budget, and a clear sense of our financial footing enables us to fully pursue our goals. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While plate offerings are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
What if financial hardship prohibits me from making a commitment this year?
Don’t let your inability to give at this time keep you from worship. Remember that God honors your faithfulness and that your acceptance at Church of the Epiphany is not based upon your capacity to give. And let us know about your circumstances, so that we can pray for and support you.
Should I use Electronic Funds Transfer?
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is the easiest, most cost-effective giving option for both you and the church. With EFT, you can reinforce your commitment to give your offering to God first, before anything else. One easy step guarantees that the church will receive your gifts on a regular basis, even if you are out of town or you forget one week.