Dear Parish Family,
Every single day, I thank God for you and for our life together at Christ Church. My heart is filled with gratitude for all you are and all you do to support and encourage the ministry of this special place, our spiritual home.
The Church is a source of inspiration for so many of us. It is our meeting place with God, a school for shaping character for our children and youth, a home where we can celebrate and renew our faith in God again and again, and an encouragement to awaken to the abundant life Jesus came to bring. Christ Church is the place we turn when new life and love are to be celebrated, and it is the place we turn when everything falls apart.
Our 2018 priorities include, expanding our worship and music programs, increasing our investment in outreach, and growing our Christian Formation ministries.
We all count on Christ Church, and in this season of stewardship, we are reminded that Christ Church is counting on us. Our beautiful sanctuary is filled with love and joy on Sunday mornings, children and youth are flocking to our programs, and our mission and outreach activities are giving us the opportunity to serve our neighbors across town and around the world. The ministries of our parish are needed more than ever, and we need your help to continue the good work God has given us to do. We receive precious blessings from Christ Church in every season of life and for this we give thanks, and we are moved to ask the question from the Psalms — “What return can I make to the Lord for all the good He has given to me?”
Together in Christ,
The Rev. James P. Adams
Parishioners Rollie & Melissa Tillman sat down with the 2018 Stewardship Campaign Chairman Margaret Bratton, to discuss their philanthropic priorities and their annual pledge commitment to Christ Church. View their videos here - "We Start with Christ Church"; "Giving Back to Christ Church"; "Why Giving Matters to the Church"; "Deciding our Philanthropic Priorities"; "Why Christ Church?"
Frequently Asked Questions
A pledge is not a gift made today. Rather, a pledge is your promise to provide a certain amount of financial support to the work of Christ Church in the year ahead. Each fall, members are asked to complete a pledge card for the year ahead, so the Finance Committee and Vestry can plan for the coming year's budget.
Christ Church does not have an endowment to fund day-to-day expenses. Annual pledges and offerings are the only source of support for worship and programs in our parish.
Christ Church asks for our pledge now, so that our parish leadership can plan the program life of the parish for the year ahead, and do so with a balanced budget. Making an annual stewardship pledge is a commitment of your financial support for the coming year. You may fulfill your pledge on any schedule that meets your needs - weekly, monthly, quarterly or in one lump sum.
The vitality of the parish depends on your ongoing, committed support. This support includes your financial commitment, participation in worship and other parish activities, including the offering of your time and talent.
A pledge lets you plan your charitable giving for the year ahead, makes tax accounting easier, and allows Christ Church to plan its programs.
Suggested annual pledge: To better help you reach the goal of tithing, take some time to review the chart below. Find the income level in the first column that most closely matches your income, and then follow the numbers horizontally to determine annual levels of giving to the Church. Percentages are listed at the top with corresponding monthly tithing amounts below. Consider stepping up your giving by moving one or more columns to the right for your annual pledge.
Making your pledge represents your promise to make contributions to Christ Church in the coming year. You may pledge online, use a pledge card found in the lobby, or send a confidential email to Sarah Wolf.
You may pay your pledge on any schedule that suits your needs during the course of the year.
You may make payments toward your pledge by placing a check in the offering plate on Sunday morning, by mail, online, through stock gifts or by authorized bank draft. For more information or to make your pledge, contact Sarah Wolf (919.834.6259 x110).