Why Do We Give to First Pres?
The ultimate answer is that we give time, talent, and treasure back to God in genuine gratitude for all that God gives us. That’s why we dedicate our offerings at every worship service.
Yet my people and I cannot really give you anything, O God, because everything is a gift from You, and we have only given back what is Yours already. 1 Chronicles 29:14
Some members find it awkward to talk about giving, but the facts of stewardship at First Pres are very simple. We don’t assess an annual membership fee or demand specific contributions from members. How you support the church is between you and God. Our Session recently affirmed that every member has a duty to support the ministry of our church — a duty that becomes a joy when we dedicate gifts during worship.
Scripture establishes two principles for faithful stewardship:
- Give proportionally
- Give consistently
For this reason, we encourage members to adopt percentage giving — and to make an annual pledge that helps them (and the church) do sound financial planning.
Keep in mind that we rely completely on the faithful stewardship of our members. Moreover, every member has a responsibility to support the work First Pres does in God’s name.
But just as you excel in everything — in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us — see that you also excel in this grace of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:7
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
For more information on stewardship at First Pres, email: firstname.lastname@example.org