A Message From the Stewardship Team:  2016

What do you bring to the delicious soup that we make together in our church’s ministry?

Stone Soup
Better Together

Three monks journey along a mountain road trying to understand what makes one happy.
They encounter a village of frightened, skeptical villagers. When the monks cleverly invite them to make soup from stones, the villagers discover how much they have to give – and how much more comes back in return. 

Join us on our journey we are better together


How Do We Decide What to Give?

Percentage Giving

“You are the Salt of the Earth”

   Matthew 5:13

Some people use the biblical tradition of tithing, or giving 10%, to the church. Others find that to be daunting, and will start at a much lower percentage, such as 1% and try to move up a percent a year. If you want to consider percentage giving, there is a chart on the back of this brochure to help you get started, and still more information on our website.

What is your soup ingredient now?

Could you offer a slightly more "hearty" ingredient this year by stepping up your pledge by 1 percentage point?


Comparative Value

 “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?”

                                                 Luke 11:11

Some think of how much of our vibrant worship, study, and service opportunities enrich their lives and the lives of their families. They might, for instance, think about offering to the church what they spend annually on things such as sports clubs, gym memberships, therapy, season tickets, and dance or music lessons.

What value do you find in the church?

Finest Ingredients:

Worship & Learn

Pray

Give & Grow

“Fair Share” Giving

Taking the five loaves and the two fishes and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to ... the people. They all ate and were satisfied…”

Luke  14:19-20

Some of us want to know what the church needs and why. They want to know how to contribute their fair share and might ask, “What is the average gift?” or “What does each member have to give for our church to meet its 2016-17 budget?”

Goal pledge budget: $381,752.21

We have about 240 actively participating individuals or families in our church. 
Last year, we had 164 pledge units.
One-third of us are not pledging.

If just half of our non-pledgers could pledge this year, we could reach our goal budget with 200 pledges of $1,908.

We are better together.

Can we count on you to pledge?

Offerings of Gratitude

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’”  

Matthew 26:26

Some think about all they have received from the church and give generously from a spirit of simple gratitude… without crunching all the numbers.

For what are you grateful?

 

 

Share 

 

 

 

Build Community
 

 

 


 

Welcome


What do you bring to the delicious soup that we make together in our church’s ministry?

National surveys have shown that, although some churches teach (and expect) members to tithe 10% of their income to the church, members of most mainline denominations like ours report an average gift to their church of just 2%.  Baptists top the list at a 5% average.  Catholics and Episcopalians bring up the bottom at just 1%. 

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Salt & Pepper,  herbs & spices

Celery

Onion

Green Beans

Zucchini

Carrots

Tomatoes

Spinach

Pasta

Potatoes

Protein Beans

 


 

Percentage Giving Worksheet

1.       My yearly income

$____________

2.       My spouse’s income
(if spouse is a church member)


$____________

3.       Family income from other sources (interest, dividends, pension, inheritance, gifts, etc.)

4.       Income subtotal

5.       Deduction for extreme hardship or emergency (i.e., medical crisis, major uninsured losses, etc.)

6.       Total available income

7.       My current annual pledge                                      


$____________

$____________

$____________

$____________

$____________

From the percentage giving guide below, find your income in the left column, read across the top to the amount you now give (to the closest figure) then read down to find your current percentage of giving. The above worksheet is for your reference only.

My current giving percentage is:

_____________%

Percentage Giving Chart

   

Yearly Donation

   

<$500

$1,000

$1,500

$2,000

$3,000

$4,000

$5,000

$6,500

$8,000

>$10,000

Income

<$5,000

≥10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$10,000

5%

≥10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$15,000

3%

6%

≥10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$25,000

2%

4%

6%

8%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$35,000

1%

3%

4%

6%

9%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$45,000

1%

2%

3%

4%

7%

9%

>10%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$55,000

<1%

2%

3%

4%

5%

7%

9%

>10%

>10%

>10%

$70,000

<1%

1%

2%

3%

4%

6%

7%

9%

>10%

>10%

$85,000

<1%

1%

2%

2%

4%

5%

6%

8%

9%

>10%

$100,000

<1%

1%

2%

2%

3%

4%

5%

7%

8%

≥10%

$125,000

<1%

<1%

1%

2%

2%

3%

4%

5%

7%

8%

>$150,000

<1%

<1%

1%

1%

2%

3%

3%

4%

5%

7%

 


What value you get? or What do we pay for?

Worship

Education

Care

Outreach

Admin

$95,311

$84,101

$106,711

$126,816

$73,911

Pledge Budget

Open Plate Offerings

Endowment Income

Facilities Use Donations

$381,750

$9,000

$41,000

$55,000

 
Total Pledge Budget: $381,750
 
Total Church Budget: $486,850
 


We all benefit from the time and talent you give to this amazing place. Without those gifts, this church would not be the vibrant, growing community we enjoy. With that in mind, remember all our ministries are entirely self-funded. Without your financial commitment, we will not be able to sustain this headquarters of our faith, our church. If you have never pledged before, please consider making a commitment this year.                               Thank you!


Thank you for your pledge!

Did you know that last year's campaign brought us 7 new pledge units, and more than one-third of you increased your pledge?  Can you help us improve these numbers again this year?

We are better together.


From the end of Stone Soup:

“Thank you for having us as your guests,” said the monks.
“You have been most generous.”

“Thank you,” said the villagers. “With the gifts you have given,
we will always have plenty.  You have shown us that sharing makes us all richer.”

“And to think,” said the monks, “to be happy is as simple as making stone soup. ”

Excerpts from the book Stone Soup,
by Jon J Muth, Scholastic Press

 

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