Why We Give
Christian giving is both similar and different from other kinds of charitable giving and philanthropy. In essence, Christian giving is a response of generosity inspired by our gratitude for all that God has done for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and for all the blessings of our lives, and the many gifts with which God has blessed us. We generously offer our very selves to the mission of God in the world, working with God for the inbreaking of the kingdom of God, and the unfolding of God's dream for humanity and for all of creation.
It is true that our giving makes possible the ministries of St. Peter's, but our primary motivation is "We need to give for the sake of the health of our souls," and not because "the Church needs our money."
Christian giving also includes a sense of giving of our whole selves: our time and talent, as well as our treasure, recognizing that all are gifts that God has entrusted to our care. They do not truly belong to us, but are meant for us to offer as we engage the work of God in our lives.
In this way, gratitude shapes our future when we allow our gratitude to inspire us and encourage us to generosity. Our generosity then becomes God’s mission in the world. Our generosity prepares the way of the Lord as we work with God for the inbreaking of the kingdom of God. Our generosity can truly change the world.
And when we are generous because we are inspired by joyful gratitude, our souls are transformed as well. When we are generous because we are inspired by joyful gratitude something miraculous happens: our gratitude deepens and grows, and so does the blessing. Below are several ways to offer your gratitude and generosity to the inbreaking of the kingdom of God:
Annual Pledge of Time, Talent, and Treasure
The annual pledge is a symbol of thanksgiving to God through St. Peter's. We encourage you to pray about what God is calling you to give out of your gratitude and generosity, and to look carefully at how this pledge fits into the rest of your household budget, both your "essentials" and "discretionary" spending. How does it relate to what you spend on travel, vacation, nights out to dinner? And most of all, does it truly reflect your experience of blessing, and the gratitude and joy in all that God is doing in your life, and in and through St. Peter's and the many ministries we support? Be sure to take into consideration an offering of your Time and Talent as well. There are so many ways to make an offering of yourself to God, and to be part of what God is up to in the world, through St. Peter's and the ministries we engage as a parish family.
You may make a one-time or recurring gift here.
You may fill out an on-line pledge card for your time and talent here.
You may fill out an on-line pledge card for your treasure here.
Plate offerings are the funds collected during the service that is beyond the pledge envelopes. They, too, are a way that our gratitude and generosity make incarnate the mission and ministry of God as lived through St. Peter's, for local ministries as well as community, diocesan and international ministries.
Special gifts may be given when we wish to celebrate an important occasion, give thanks for the life of a loved one, or when a particular ministry inspires us to greater generosity and joy.
Planned Gifts, or, "We Can't Take it With Us!"
We also hope that you will consider helping the church in preparing for the long term. Planned giving is designed to help people make prayerful estate plans. There are many planned giving vehicles that can result in immediate tax benefits and benefit the church in amounts that you may not have thought possible. Those who have remembered St. Peter’s in their estate planning are members of the Lillian and Tally Jarrett Legacy Society of St. Peter’s Church. For more information on this type of giving, and about the Jarrett Legacy Society, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here LINK.
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