2018 Stewardship Campaign: Living Generously
"They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. - I Timothy 6:18-19
For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich." II Corinthians 8:9
September 24, 2017
Living Generously is this year’s Stewardship theme based on I Timothy 6:18-19 and II Corinthians 8:9. As we consider our financial commitment for 2018, we are invited to reflect on the generosity of our Lord Jesus Christ who joined us in our humanity to share the love of God and to teach us how to live more fully into our humanity.
The Apostle Paul uses the metaphor of Jesus embracing poverty that we might become rich. This richness is not material in nature. Becoming rich in Christ is the fullness of life lived within relationship… relationship with the loving God to whom we belong in life and in death and relationship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Becoming rich is being a part of a community that enters into the baptismal covenant, teaching our children the faith that sustains us and giving them the power to “take hold of the life that really is life.”
Becoming rich is journeying with our youth as they come into their own and providing opportunities for them “to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share.”
Becoming rich is the discipline of giving to others in tangible ways, both in service and in a financial commitment. It is in the giving of ourselves that we become more secure in ourselves, “storing up…the treasure of a good foundation for the future.”
As I approach my fourth anniversary I am grateful for my relationship as your pastor which enriches my life and for the deepening relationships among us. I join the Stewardship Committee in inviting you to give out of the generosity you have received, to give because you want to give, and to give because you can!
Grace and Peace,
The Rev. Dr. Blythe Denham Kieffer
Pastor and Head of Staff
What is Stewardship?
Financial Stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God from that which God has given to us is a tangible and meaningful way to express our faith.
What is a Stewardship Pledge?
Each year, members of Westminster Presbyterian Church are asked to make a stewardship pledge for the upcoming calendar year. A member's pledge is a one-year financial commitment to support the ministry within our congregation, to the Springfield community and to the world. A pledge made in connection with the current stewardship drive is to be paid by December 31, 2018.
What is an Appropriate Pledge Amount?
The amount of each member's stewardship pledge is a personal, spiritual decision. The biblical concept of tithing (contributing 10% of one's income to the church and other worthy organizations) is a standard to prayerfully consider. Some members may be able to equal or exceed the tithing level. Other members will pledge at a lower level. We have included the above giving percentage table as a guideline for those who would like to move toward this goal. All pledge contributions, regardless of the amount, are gratefully received as an expression of a member's commitment.
Why are Pledges Important?
Pledges are essential to Westminster's planning process. Each year, committees submit their goals and the estimated cost to achieve them. The Session adopts a tentative budget. Once members' 2018 pledges are received, the Session will finalize the budget.
How Many Households Give?
For 2017, we received 275 pledges for a total of $818,678. Currently, there are 404 member and prospect households contributing financially to support Westminster’s ministry. The table below shows how many of those households contribute at each of the respective levels.
The 404 member and prospect households that currently provide the financial support are 51% of the 793 total households.
How are Pledge Donations Paid?
Members fulfill their pledge in the manner that best meets their circumstances. One may give weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually via cash, checks, automatic bank withdrawal or by clicking on our website link and using a credit card. Pledges may also be paid with securities. Should a member's circumstances change, the pledge can be increased or decreased.
How are Pledges Submitted?
As of Thursday, January 25, we have reached our goal with 266 pledges totaling $828,102.
Thank you to all who made a pledge and to those who plan to give in 2018 without a pledge.
Pledges are still welcome for the 2018 Stewardship Campaign: Living Generously!
The 2018 Stewardship Committee
Christie Hovey, Chair, Cara Barnett, Grady Chronister, Brian Cozadd, Joe Fierstos, Anne Haaker, Dick Herndon, Christy Pound, Sharon Reynolds, Steve Scaife, Betsy Shepherd