Faith Promise Sunday is April 6
At Grace Church we call members’ annual financial pledge to the congregation’s annual operating budget a “Faith Promise.” It is a pledge to support the church’s mission financially over the next budget year. A Faith Promise expresses commitment to God’s mission. It is also a grateful response to God’s generous gifts to each of us.
Each of us must give what we are able. Good stewardship does not ask for equal gifts from all, but equal sacrifice and equal commitment to our mission to bring in, build up and send out disciples for Jesus Christ. Scripture offers many accounts of faithful giving expressed as a tithe – that is, a tenth of one’s income. At Grace, we view the scriptural tithe as a giving goal. As a congregation we tithe on our own budget, giving one-tenth of the church’s annual income to ministries beyond our doors.
Preparing to make a Faith Promise gives you an opportunity to reflect on your stewardship of God’s gifts to you. What can you do to better support Grace Church in the coming 2014-15 budget year? Will you give more? Give more often, or more regularly? Stewardship also includes gifts of time and talent. How will you participate in ministry here at Grace?
In mid-March you’ll receive a mailing about Faith Promises, with more information and a pledge card. Take some time during March to prayerfully consider your pledge. Then on Sunday, April 6, join your fellow Grace members in bringing your Faith Promise to the altar