So...what is a "pledge"? A "pledge" is simply a written promise of how much you are planning to give in the coming year. Pledge cards are available in the church office (Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 3pm) or to print here. On the card you fill out how much you will give in the coming year. Pledges are kept confidential.
How much should I give? Before making a pledge, it is important to prayerfully review your budget and talk with your family about your priorities for the coming year. It can help to think of the annual gift in terms of weeks. How much per week will feel like a generous gift for you and your family? We also encourage you to consider these additional questions: How has God blessed you this year? How do you plan to express your gratitude to God through giving next year? Do your gifts match the goodness of your intentions? Where do you rank God’s work amid all other demands for your time and resources? Will you set aside God’s share as an intentional part of your household budget? How do you model the habit of giving back to God for your children or grandchildren? Do you desire for your heart to be truly transformed by the grace of God? For additional guidance, you can refer to the table found in this document.
Why can't I just give money in the offering each week instead? You can and we are always grateful for any money we receive! But there are two reasons why pledging is important. The first is practical-- the church sets a budget so knowing how much we are going to receive in the coming year helps us budget more effectively. The second reason is spiritual-- Supporting a church’s mission through deliberate and sustained financial commitment is a spiritual act that reflects our relationship with God. Our giving also reflects how each of us prioritizes allocating the resources that God has entrusted to our care. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21).
How is the money I give to the church used? Our church is thriving with ministries that create meaningful worship, foster community, deepen spiritual learning, love our neighbors, and promote compassion and justice in our world. Your gifts and pledges cover the cost of all these ministries in a variety of ways. From the salaries of our staff who lead and organize these ministries to the materials required to do them, to the historic building in which many of them take place, your money makes all of it possible!
Okay, I want to pledge, how do I do that? Great! Pledge cards are available in the church office (Tuesday - Friday, 9am - 3pm) or to print here. On the card you fill out how much you will give in the coming year. Pledges are kept confidential.