Gifts and Stewardship

"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God,
serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received."
 
 1 Peter 4:10 

 "Giving has always been a mark of Christian commitment and discipleship. The ways in which a believer uses God's gifts of material goods, personal abilities, and time should reflect a faithful response to God's self-giving in Jesus Christ and Christ's call to minister to and share with others in the world. Tithing is a primary expression of the Christian discipline of stewardship." ("Book of Order", Presbyterian Church, USA)

How Does One Decide What to Give?

  • Think about how you have been blessed by God, not just financial resources, but family, friends, health, education, opportunities, smiles, sunshine, rain, rest, and all the rest.
  • Pray -- in thanksgiving to God, and for the courage to trust God in making one's pledge.
  • Don't follow the notion of "Give 'til it hurts."  Instead, give until it feels good!  Give until you feel joy at the privilege of giving back to God!

While the Bible talks about a tithe (literally a gift equal to 10% of one's yearly gross income), many people start at a lower percentage and work up to 10%.   Stewardship isn't only about money; it also includes our time, talents and material goods.  We talk about getting involved for God with time and talents on other pages of this site.  Below are some of the monetary ways to become involved.

Pledging

Many individuals choose to support St. Luke's operational budget through regular giving. Pledges are used to support the work of the church, from the mundane (paying for crayons and light bulbs) to the exciting:  the education of people in the gospel, uplifting worship, outreach to people around the world through the General Assembly.

Everything the church does to show the love, justice and mercy of the Lord, to proclaim the good news of the gospel, and to carry out the mandates of Jesus Christ is funded by the pledges of members.

Click on the link to the right to access a pledge form.

Gifts in Honor or in Memorium

Many people periodically make gifts in honor of a family member or friend to celebrate their birthday, anniversary, retirement, promotion or other special event.  Others choose to make gifts in memory of a friend or loved one.  When the church receives a gift of this type, an acknowledgment is sent to the recipient or family on the contributor's behalf.

General or Designated Endowments

For special gifts and bequests, individuals may designate either the General Endowment Fund or the Designated Endowment Fund.  Particular ministries may be highlighted through designated gifts.

Flower Dedication

Flowers for our sanctuary on Sunday mornings can be purchased to honor a person or event important to you, or as a memorial to a loved one. Call the church office or use the sign up sheet and donation envelopes in Room #123 to sign up and let us know how to acknowledge your gift. The cost is $80 for two large arrangements.

More information may be obtained
by contacting the church office (713-667-6531).