As the new year begins and the preparation for our tax filings also begin, our minds turn towards the reality of money in our personal lives.
We have seen more churches disappear from the spiritual map last year and we have cause to ask, "Will my church be next?" The answer depends on each individual congregation and each individual in that congregation. It has been said, "If you want to know where your priorities are, just review your checkbook!" How true it is. Do we spend more on cable TV and internet service than we do on our church? We will spend our money in areas that we decide are most important to us. It is the human thing to do.
In the present economy, our priorities become even more visible and we are cautious on where we choose to release our personal funds. PLANNED GIVING is an easy way to determine the value we place on the church we love. It is simple.....we review our income and determine an ANNUAL DOLLAR AMOUNT that we believe represents the place our church has in our lives. Then we divide that by 12 months and send that amount to our church on a regular basis. Some may attend church once a month, others every week. The annual or monthly donation remains the same. It is planned, consistent and regular, as any other important living or household expenditure.
If you believe in the ministries of Good Shepherd Church, if you are nourished by our liturgy, if you enjoy the preaching by our clergy, if you have connected on Facebook, please consider a PLAN to give so that the arms of the Good Shepherd can continue to "gather all safely home."