St. Michael's 2021 Tithe Giving Challenge
"A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.“ Leviticus 27:30
We are offering a special “St. Michael’s Tithe-Giving Challenge” this Easter season. Parishioners are challenged to tithe their stimulus money and/or their 2020 tax refund. A tithe is 10% of your income, given specifically to your local church. Scripture explains that tithing is an important part of faith for those who follow God. Your tithe should be money you set aside first.
The Rev. Canon Timothy Dombeck, Canon for Stewardship and Planned Giving for the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona, tells us that tithing “forces” people to use their money more wisely. Generous givers make better financial decisions--spending, saving, acquisition of debt—all of it. When you have better finances, you can give more money to your church to achieve its mission.
We give to God out of gratitude for all that God has given—and continues to give—to us.
Giving can be powerful. How we invest money, spend it, or give it, demonstrates what we value in ourselves and in our community. Giving to our church speaks volumes about how we view money in our lives.
St. Michael’s 2021 Tithe-Giving Challenge-How It Works
If you will be receiving American Rescue Plan relief money this Spring— give 10% to St. Michael’s first—keep the rest. If you are receiving a 2020 tax refund this Spring, give 10% to St. Michael’s first—keep the rest. That is the challenge.
When we practice generous giving, it does our souls and bodies good. In returning a tiny portion of all God gives us for our use and pleasure, we acknowledge God’s provision. It lifts our souls and raises St. Michael’s.
Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible caretakers of the gifts we receive from God. It is using the gifts God has given us, to do the work God is calling us to do both as individuals and as the Church. The Episcopal Church sees stewardship as more than simply contributing money to the church; it’s also about contributing time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships by sharing with others God’s gift in our lives.
Stewardship is lived out by living and telling the Good News; sharing God in seeking justice, peace, and the integrity of creation in an interdependent universe; wisely employing God-given human resources, abilities, and relationships; sharing the material resources we hold and giving them in service, justice, and compassion; providing for future generations, sharing in the life, worship, and responsible stewardship of the Church and of its mission. Both for the individual and for the community, stewardship is a
joyful act for the sake of God's world.
St. Michael's conducts its annual Pledge Drive in the summer for the coming
calendar year. If you would like to make a pledge to St. Michael's at any time,
or to enquire about an existing pledge or record of giving,
please contact Suzanne Moore at the parish office.
“For if the eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has–not according to what one does not have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12)