The only money that can be used in the construction of the operating budget is that which is pledged. Money that you plan to give, that is not pledged, cannot be included in the budget. Once again, only funds that are pledged can be counted in the budget.
While gifts for altar flowers, special holidays, concerts and events are important to the church and truly appreciated, they are not credited toward your written pledge.
We are created in the image of God to be co-creators of our community of faith. We each bear a responsibility to ensure that St. Peter’s remains vital and strong. Pledging is the primary way we fund our ministries. Good stewards are not greedy with their possessions. Rather, they realize that everything belongs to God and God has called them to share their abundance with the needy.
Through our support with gifts of money, abilities, skills and time we make St. Peter’s a spiritual home that offers peace, blessing and healing, transforming lives and making this a better world.
How is the love that I have for God evident also in the planning of my personal finances? The first step is to ask God in prayer: How much am I being called to give? How am I being asked to respond to God’s call to discipleship? Giving is a spiritual practice.
PRAY about what we give, letting God into the decision-making.
PLEDGE a goal for giving that we intend to meet.
GIVE with a sense of gratitude