A stewardship message from the rector:
I once knew a priest whose personalized license plate simply stated: Become.
Become is a good word for Christ Church. What will Christ Church become in our coming years? We all answer that question as we make a financial pledge to Christ Church.
Christian stewardship calls us each to revere God’s creation, and to use our gifts rightly within it. Christian stewardship asks, “Have you gained the treasure entrusted to you in a godly manner? Does the money you have, and the way you’ve acquired it, honor the creation and the gifts God has bestowed upon you?”
As members, we are the stewards of Christ Church. We, right now, allow Christ Church to become what God calls us to be: a place of inspiration, of beauty, of comfort, of hospitality and welcome and of love freely shared with all, wherever they find themselves on the journey of faith.
What will become of Christ Church? What an honor it is to share with you in the answering of that question.
Timothy Safford, Rector
From a 2014 sermon on moving beyond pledge cards:
“Personally, I am relieved to not pledge. But does that mean I am not going to give? Am I not going to respond to God’s blessings with both joy and sacrifice? Of course not! To not give to the mission here would be impolite, like showing up to the wedding without oil. We do not know what we’ll give, but will invite God into every day, every latte, every choice about cable and clothes. To respond to God in joy through gifts of thanksgiving will require a reordering of every priority in our lives. We will do this work each week in each month of the new year.”
Giving to Christ Church
To be a member of Christ Church is to make a financial covenant with Christ Church. It is good stewardship, good spirituality, and allows the vestry and Finance Committee to budget responsibly.
Our Mission Budget goal for 2017 is $522,500 – and we have $182,500 to go. We can do it (and in fact, have closed similar gaps in the past three years). Here’s an update for October 2017 from our Stewardship Team – and here are ways you can give:
Ways to give
Covenant-giving form/PayPal form
Just input your credit card information into our secure Paypal form to give a tax-deductible gift directly to Christ Church. It can be processed through a debit or credit card, and you can set up a recurring payment as well!
Automatic bank deduction
You can arrange for weekly or monthly automatic-debit payments through the church office. You may change the amount of your covenant commitment at any time.
You can also set up a regular check from your bank account to Christ Church through an automatic Bill Pay. Choose Christ Church in Philadelphia as a payee, with the address 20 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Here, you set the amount of your gift and a recurring schedule, e.g., weekly, monthly. With this option, the bank sends your financial commitment on a regular schedule so the church will benefit from the regular cash flow.
If you would rather give to Christ Church in person, you may present your gift at one of our weekly services during the offering, when we give back to God from what we have been given. We can provide you with offering envelopes for your convenience, printed with donor record numbers to insure proper crediting of payments.
Our mission for giving
At Christ Church, we are marked for mission – always giving ourselves away to the world around us. And our mission budget helps empower us to do that.
Worship is the heart of all we do. It is the source of our strength, the assurance of our salvation, and our gift of beauty to the world. Christ Church is an oasis of uncommon welcome. Each Sunday we say, “Whoever you are, we welcome you, as you are,” and as a congregation we embody this welcome every day of the week.
We seek each Sunday visitor to leave inspired and grateful for sharing with us what is sometimes easy to take for granted. Around 250,000 people are welcomed to the church, Neighborhood House and Burial Ground each year – we give ourselves away by welcoming in. We see it just as clearly when we welcome a new neighbor to The Bridge, the LGBTQ fellowship, the Sages, or Parents @ the Kitchen Table.
The membership of Christ Church has a joyful and solemn duty – we are its stewards, paying Christ Church forward to future generations, a future Philadelphia. a future world. As we are called to worship, welcome, and nurture, we are to provide the means to make it happen.