As we celebrate Commitment Sunday this weekend as part of our stewardship of treasure campaign, I would like to emphasize two key components of financial giving. First, our giving should be budgeted. Just as we budget for food, clothing, social media, etc., so too we must budget our giving to our church community and charities. That’s where the second component comes in. Our giving should be proportionate to our income. The biblical tithe is 10 percent, half of which goes to the parish, half which goes to charities. More than 400 of our families do not turn in a pledge each year. That’s not to say they are not giving. It may very well go into the collection basket as loose bills and change, in other words, what you have left over. I would ask our non-pledgers to begin taking what you give off the top of your budget and make it proportionate to your income. Please use envelopes, Faith Direct, or EFT (electronic funds transfer) program. If you are not there yet, please continue to give as you have. But we would like to recognize you for your generous giving.
May the Lord bless you in every way.