For the past 15 years we have conducted an annual Stewardship Campaign shortly after Easter which culminates the 1st Sunday in May. During this weekend, we ask our church family to make an estimate of their financial giving for the upcoming year, dedicate these gifts to God during Worship Service and host a Celebration Brunch where we can enjoy time together. This year’s stewardship campaign will look different – as just about every other aspect of our lives has looked different over the last two months – due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
What will this year’s Stewardship Campaign look like?
You will receive two mailings – this one which explains this year’s stewardship campaign – followed by one next week that will include a commitment card with a return envelope to enable it to be returned to the church office. The second mailing will also have information on any commitment that was made last year as well as a few tools that will help guide your decision. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold our annual Celebration Brunch but once we are safely able to do so, we will reschedule this event and then truly be able to celebrate God’s provision and our reconnection.
What should I consider when filling out my Commitment Card?
The most important thing to consider is God’s will. I encourage you to spend time in prayer this week to discern what His will is for you in the area of financial stewardship. As in all things, obedience to God’s will is not just the most important thing – it is the only thing.
How much should I commit to God’s work at Redeemer Church?
This is an entirely personal decision made in response to God’s leading and why we encourage you to spend some time prayerfully considering your decision this week.
God has provided us with guidance from His Word. The Biblical standard is a tithe or 10% of income. For many, this is a difficult level to achieve immediately so we encourage members of the Redeemer Church family to make one step (an additional 1%) toward tithing each year – with the goal of ultimately giving at least 10% of your income to God’s work. Next week’s letter will contain additional information that can help you attain this goal.
I am unsure of my income for the upcoming year due to the pandemic and don’t know if I will be able to fulfill any commitment I make. Should I still fill out an Estimate of Giving Card?
Yes, we encourage you to do so and put your trust in God. Please keep in mind that an Estimate of Giving card is not a legally binding contract. It is simply a reflection of God’s calling on your life today. If at any time circumstances change, and a revision is needed to your estimate, simply contact Kelvin (Kelvin@dewittredemer.org) or Diane (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be happy to make a change for you.
How do I make a commitment?
We invite you to fill out an Estimate of Giving Card that will be mailed to you and then return it to the church office. Simply fill out a dollar amount – making sure to Indicate the frequency of the gifts. These gifts will be allocated between three critical funds as indicated below. However, if you are led to designate your commitment in a different way, feel very comfortable with that decision.
Ministry Operations Fund – 80%: This is the general operating budget of the church. Funds given to Ministry Operations, provide for programs, salaries, building maintenance, and Ministry Shares (what we pay to the United Methodist Church).
Capital Improvements- 10%: Money given to this fund currently support the future capital needs of the church; sinking funds to provide for upcoming maintenance of the building and reserves for any future expansion/upgrade.
Missions-10%: Gifts to this fund are designated for the support of outreach activities. Examples of this are the support of our Food Pantry, Missions (Burketts, In His Steps/Sak Saum, Youth for Christ, International Justice Mission and Advent House) and carefully allocated cash assistance to people in need in our community.
We know that this year will be difficult for so many of our church families as well as families in our community and country. Many economists are predicting a widening and deepening of the current recession even after the relaxing of social distancing guidelines and other restrictions. For those of us who are not as affected by reduction in pay, loss of jobs, loss of health insurance or illness, it is essential that we continue to be sacrificial in our giving. The way through any crisis – is by going through it together, sharing the burdens and sacrifices when and where we can. I pray that our Christian Community will be leaders in demonstrating unselfish love and unity that will help promote healing. A positive step you can take is making a financial commitment to the ministries of Redeemer Church through which God will reach out to the hurting in our community and provide this healing.
I am saddened that we cannot worship together during this important time in the life of the church. I look forward to the time when we can be safely back together again.
Yours In Christ,
Director of Finance