Generosity flows naturally out of our gratitude for the gift of love, family, friends, church, community, country, and life itself. There is a danger in telling other people to be grateful for what they have. While acknowledging that there are unique difficulties that are seen and unseen, we at St. George have many blessings.
We often recite that stewardship, or responsibility and sharing of our resources, includes our resources of TIME, TALENT, and TREASURE. Another way to put it is to engage and embrace our faith lives with our hearts, minds, souls, and bodies. But the core is MISSION. In order for the church to do God’s MISSION, to touch, transform, and maintain our lives and those of others, we have to effectively apply all of our resources, including the financial.
So, what ideas can we present that might help us continue to do what we do?
1. Bring One. The more members we have, the more we share the expense of keeping our church running. Our expenses are pretty fixed. But we are hoping that there are many more people out there who have not found us yet, and we would be glad to include them in our island sanctuary.
2. Maximize the numerator. Thank you for what you have been doing. We are not trying to guilt anyone into giving more, but if you haven’t increased your contribution over the past several years while your income has gone up, think about it. Consider ways that would make it easier to contribute financially. The easiest way for some to do this is to set up a regular monthly automatic contribution from your bank account or credit card so that you don’t have to remember to bring your checkbook. Or use our new Donate button on the church website. Obviously, if financial situations change, contributions can be changed. It is simply easier to run a church budget if you have regularly scheduled contributions.
3. Endowments and Planned Giving. If you don’t have a will, seriously consider it. We would like you to consider including your church in some way. (And if you do, please don’t place a lot of restrictions on it so it just sits in some account that can’t help with the budget!)
As a vestry, we want you all to have a collective understanding, trust, and confidence in a solid foundational budget that makes responsible and holy use of the financial resources that you provide as part of your financial stewardship of the church’s mission and your parish.
Vestry Chairman for Sharing
Ways to help Saint George thrive & grow:
Please fill out your Tithe card and turn it in so that St. George can plan ahead for our church’s future.
If you prefer, use our Online Donate button found on the website saintgeorgejax.org under Share/Stewardship.
Planned Giving & Endowments.
Set up a regular automatic monthly contribution.
Help to grow our membership by sharing the good news about St. George and inviting friends & family to church!
+++ Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. --The Episcopal Church USA