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should I give money to the Church?
Giving to the
Church, whether in the form of money, of time or talents, is something
that we are told in the Scriptures we should do.
St Timothy's is
a mission, and a mission has a MISSION. That involves struggling hard to
do God's work, ministering to those we come in contact with in our daily
lives, worshiping and receiving the Sacraments with those who attend Mass
with us; thereby forming our Christian community. It also includes
providing good stewardship and growth through our efforts working in union
with the Holy Spirit.
established by the Diocese are much like children who are allowed to live
at home with the parents and have some of their bills paid while they
attend college in order for them to be able to do the things that they
need to do to be independent and successful later in life. Missions
receive the helping hand, both financially and spiritually, of the Diocese
so that they might have the time and establish the resources necessary to
be able to stand on their own two feet. It was assumed that we would do
this when we were given the helping hand.
The road from Mission
to Parish involves acquiring a certain number of members, but, most
importantly, a certain number of people who are pledging members. These
are called pledging units.
give money to the Church already; I just don't fill out a pledge card.
Isn't it the same thing since the Church gets the money anyway?
No it is not
the same. The Church must build an operating budget each year for
submission to the Diocese. This budget becomes the determinant in choosing
what ministries the Church is able to do for the year. It dictates how
much money can be spent on each activity. Likewise, this budget serves as
the yardstick whereby the financial performance of the Church is measured.
The only money
that can be used in the construction of the budget is that which is
pledged. Money that you plan to give that is not pledged cannot be
included in the budget. Once again, only funds that are pledged can be
counted in the budget.
There are many
signs of Christian commitment within the Church—some are Sacramental and
some are not. Baptism is a sign of our commitment to Christ and the Faith;
marriage of our commitment to Christian fidelity and monogamy. These are
Sacramental. Our pledge is a sign of our commitment to carrying out the
work, which Christ has commanded us to do in the world. It is a sign that
we recognize the many Blessings we share here at St Timothy's, and that
they are important to us. It says that we realize where these Blessings
come from, and it is part of the way that we ask God that they continue.
Prayer and Church attendance are other ways.
3. I am
afraid to commit to a pledge. What if my income changes or an unexpected
expense comes up and I could not meet the commitment?
Pledges can be
changed at any time by simply notifying the Treasurer of the revised
amount. No reason is necessary—only the new pledge amount. No questions
will be asked, and it can be done by a sealed note in the offering plate
or by mail.
If you are one
of those who give regularly but are afraid to pledge, and don't like the
idea of having to change a pledge, then pledge a portion of what you have
been giving - i.e., pledge half that amount and give the
balance as unpledged.
What ever you
can give, no matter how small, needs to be pledged if at all possible in
order for us to show the growth we need to move toward parish status.
will I know if I am current or behind on the pledge?
sends out quarterly statements, which show all contributions, pledged or
otherwise, for the individual.
if I miss a month or a Sunday?
It is not the
end of the world! Just try
and make it up at sometime during the remainder of the year. If that looks
impossible, then contact the Treasurer and amend the pledge for the new
do I know how much to pledge?
That is between
you and God. Pray about it; open your heart so that it can be filled by
the Holy Spirit and you will be guided in your decision.
WON'T YOU PLEASE CONSIDER PLEDGING?
and the Vestry