Rejoice & Give Thanks! This is where our capital stewardship campaign begins — and ends. As we begin to work out the process of funding our hopes for our church and for restoring our worship space over the three years ahead, we rejoice and give thanks for all things under our stewardship. To reach our goal of funding our restoration projects, we are asking for commitments of a sacrificial nature — for gifts over and above our ongoing gifts to the annual operating budget of the church. This is serious, thoughtful business, and an opportunity to prayerfully consider what giving sacrificially could mean for us, for the way we live our lives, and for our church, both today and tomorrow.
One way to approach our own giving plans is to think about actions we might take to increase our gifts to the church through this campaign now. It could mean giving in a way that requires reprioritizing our commitments. As we look to God for guidance in what our own choices should be, may we Rejoice & Give Thanks for the many opportunities we have to consider.
How should I think about giving?
As you listen to God and ask for guidance in making your gifts to the capital stewardship campaign over the next few weeks, you will be gathering information, considering obligations, and thinking about the many talents and gifts that God has put under your stewardship. Our capital campaign is a priority request asking a short-term but immediate commitment. When our goal is reached, we will have restored our beautiful organ, replaced our outmoded and often ineffective lighting system, upgraded our challenged sound system, and perhaps even more — all without obligating the church to indebtedness in the years ahead.
As you consider your gift, you’ll want to know our leadership is intent on careful management of the restoration process, so we take on each project only as we know we have the funds to see it through. As you consider the impact of these plans on your worship experience and on your stewardship, you may find one or more of these strategies helpful:
1. Practice Priority Budgeting
You may want to rearrange financial priorities, give up something less important in your current budget, or postpone an optional major purchase in order to move participating in the campaign to a priority spot.
2. Redirect Present Expenditures
You may have significant short-term expenditures coming to an end or loans soon to be paid. Redirecting those soon-to-be available funds in the monthly budget for capital campaign stewardship offers an opportunity for sacrificial giving.
3.Increase Giving With Increased Income
You may be anticipating upcoming bonuses or salary increases, maturing certificates of deposit or bonds, or perhaps an inheritance. You have the option to plan the way you give your total gift, offering a higher percentage in the years you expect to receive increased income.
4.Donate Appreciated Assets
Gifts of long-term appreciated assets, such as investment securities, may offer advantages as stewardship gifts. When assets are sold to donate proceeds, some portion of the gain could be lost to taxation. Giving the appreciated assets themselves can avoid capital gains tax, and as the donor, you receive a charitable deduction for the full market value of the asset. If you are considering giving assets, please share that information with the church so we can plan accordingly. (For example, if you plan to give stocks, we must know details in advance to identify the shares as being from you when received.) While there are potential tax advantages to this type of transaction, there are also potential penalties, so before making a contribution of this type, please consult your tax advisor.