As active Christians, we know that everything we have is a gift from God and that we are called to give of our “first fruits” to further the work of God’s kingdom in this parish and community. Each October at St. Peter’s we ask that all members make a financial pledge (of whatever amount they can) for the support of our church and its ministry in the upcoming year. That pledge can be paid weekly, monthly or in other installments. If your financial situation changes for better or worse over the course of the year, you can of course contact the office and change your pledge amount accordingly.

How much should you give? The Bible says a tithe (10% of your income). If you are already giving that much to your church and other charitable organizations, congratulations! However, most of us are still working on getting to that level of generosity. What we ask is this: when you’re budgeting, try to make your pledge the first discretionary item, try to give 1% or more of your income, and try to increase it every year. Remember that it’s not the overall amount that matters — the most generous givers are frequently on fixed incomes!

An equal part of stewardship is your gift of time and talent. A church cannot operate without generous volunteer support. Whether your financial pledge is large or not, make it a regular habit to sign up, to help out and perhaps even start a new ministry. You will help your church and your community, and equally important, you will find joy in being part of the solution.

Our Stewardship Committee oversees the pledge drive each fall. For more information, contact the church office.