“It’s that time of year again.” That phrase conjures up very different emotions in us, depending on what season it is. Time to pay taxes? I admit to having less than positive emotions. Time to plan that annual vacation to our favorite hideaway? Now, I’m excited! The reality of that phrase, however, also compartmentalizes our way of thinking, so much so that we risk failing to embrace a holistic view of how all things work together.
Case in point, “it’s that time of year again” here at Grace. February is the season we turn our attention to stewardship. It’s when when we set our annual operating budget and collectively pray for God’s guidance and our response to give financially to the life and ministry of Grace. What emotions are stirred when you consider the reality of stewardship in your life?
Stewardship is an outpouring of our thankfulness and love for Jesus. Stewardship is part and parcel of a life of discipleship. It shapes us to make Jesus visible. However, like anything else in life, stewardship takes practice. Our faithfulness in giving of our time, talent, and treasures propels us to regularly practice being obedient to God. My hope for all of us is that we will be called more deeply and fully into this life of rich discipleship.
Therefore, I ask you to consider another phrase: “But wait, there’s more.” It is such a hopeful expression. You see, I am convinced that stewardship is not simply an annual resolution, but instead it’s a tangible expression of obedience to the Lord, which is precisely why we will spend this month exploring the “more” of stewardship.
Friends, we have been invited on the most exhilarating journey in the history of the world. When we LEARN more of who Jesus is, we also learn more of who we are in Him. When we courageously FOLLOW where He leads, we experience the outpouring of His deep love for us. When we SHOW others His love through our hospitality and generosity, we participate in His Kingdom vision. When we TELL others who Jesus is, in and through our obedience, we become conduits of hope where we live, work and play.
The significance of this time of year cannot be stressed enough, both for our spiritual maturity and the future of Grace. I ask you to join me in deep prayer through the month of February. Pray for the Lord not only to remind us of His “more” in our lives but also to convict us to faithfully respond. Pray for the Holy Spirit to stir within each of our hearts an undeniable hunger and thirst for His righteousness.
I look forward to growing and giving with you.
Trey H. Little
So, what now?
We are asking you to consider the truth about generosity this season.
We are asking you to continue or perhaps for the first time support the ministry and operations of this church.
We are asking you for your prayers and contributions so we may make Jesus visible across the street and around the world.
Our stewardship campaign is for the operating budget for 2020. Commitment Sunday is on February 23. Our overall goal is $4.4 million which will provide for our projected annual operating budget of $4.3 million and a surplus to set aside for future needs.
The pie chart below represents session approval of how our budget is divided based on our church strategy. Personnel expenses, which are approximately 57% of our annual spending, are included with each department’s spending.
You were created to be generous.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11
There are 3 Ways to Give:
Commit your pledge in worship on Commitment Sunday, February 10 at any worship service.
Mail your pledge card to the church prior to February 23.
Make your pledge online anytime by clicking HERE. (Note: You must be logged into your account to be able to pledge online.)
There are multiple ways to fulfill your commitment to Grace:
- You may place cash or check payable to Grace Presbyterian Church into the offering plate or send it by mail.
- Use the Grace website “Give Online” tab at the bottom to make a recurring or onetime credit/debit card or electronic check payment.
- Set up Grace as a payee through your online banking institution to make scheduled donations that fit your timing and your budget.
Remember to please specify how your gift should be distributed between the operating budget, READY capital campaign, and/or another designated purpose.