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How much should I give?

Many people ask whether or not there is a standard for giving. Everyone must arrive at that conclusion independently. Good stewardship is a constant theme in Sacred Scripture. St. Peter and St. Paul provide us with direction through these words:

“As generous distributors of God’s manifold grace, put your gifts at the service of one another, each in the measure you have received (1 PETER 4:10).”

“The one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will reap bountifully. Everyone must give according to what they have inwardly decided; not sadly, not grudgingly, for God loves a cheerful giver (2 COR 9:6-7).”

Stewardship is a way of life that expresses our love through our “need to give.” Christian discipleship that gives through good stewardship is spiritual, generous, and proportionate. Consider the gifts God has given you personally, and the amount you return in gratitude for those gifts. Reflect on your spending on items such as fast food, movie attendance or rental, going out to dinner, etc. Think about the ratio of these expenditures to your support of St. Peter’s. Ask yourself if the portion of your income that you give is enough, too much, or not enough.

Once you decide the amount you will give, please come prepared to complete the Commitment of Treasure Form. Pledges often begin in January. However, a good time to make a new commitment of generosity in gratitude to God for our many blessings is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of our liturgical year.

By receiving your commitment, we can better predict annual income. Through sound planning, we can ensure financial stability and budget wisely. The economy can make it difficult to plan ahead for a household or a church community. Without sufficient financing, little else can happen. This is as true for our community as it is for each family. Our community has to meet our normal operating costs, and assure our future ministries. In this way, St. Peter’s will always be ready to provide service. Please carefully review the information provided and respond generously.


Use this link to print out a pledge card and return it to Wanda Mason, Treasurer.