“What shall I return to the lord for all his bounty to me?” Psalm 116
All members of a parish community engage in stewardship, through the generous gifts of time, talent,and treasure. While the first two often flow quite freely, the latter is a struggle for many of us. Financial gifts to Trinity Church do not just enable the maintenance of our beautiful building and support the staff required to manage the many functions of the parish – they also enable our mission and ministry and are deeply valued for that reason. Stewardship means many things to many people – it might be a recycling or “green” program to steward the earth’s natural resources and how the parish uses those; it is the commitment of time and effort put into fellowship and outreach activities; it is the kind thoughts and daily prayers that we spare for others; it is also every cookie baked and every cup of tea poured. Stewardship is also “not” many things — it is not about “us”; it is not just giving money, or sharing “what is left over”, or holding on to our own priorities. Rather, it is a lifelong process and an expression of discipleship that puts God first and enables us to share our blessings with others. It is not just about giving; it is about receiving God’s gifts, cultivating or maintaining “stewardship” of them, and sharing them. It is a way of life.
“Blessed are thou, Lord God of Israel, forever and ever. All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.”
Giving to Trinity helps to support not only the fabric of the church buildings, but also the personnel who work so hard to support the parish, engaged in the work of God in the House of the Lord. Weekly giving is encouraged so that Vestry may be assured of having adequate resources to manage the financial matters of the parish.
Designated Gifts: Sometimes, individuals may wish to give a particular gift, or to contribute money towards a specific initiative they really believe in, but which Trinity Church could not otherwise afford. Such gifts can make a big difference. Often, donors wish to make their gift “in memoriam” for a loved one, or to mark some other milestone or anniversary. Sometimes, however, a donor steps forward out of the sheer sense of personal abundance, and a prayerful desire to share.
We encourage those considering a designated gift to consult with the Wardens, who not only have a “wish list,” but who can help donors ensure that their gift is in keeping with the needs, mission and vision of the parish.
E-Giving: Parishioners are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in financial stewardship by participating in the Diocesan e-giving program. This allows parishioners to contribute either weekly or monthly by Electronic Fund Transfer or “automatic debit” direction from a bank account. This is a secure way to donate to Trinity, and not worry about being away during holidays – your giving continues in your absence.
You continue to receive envelopes, and can simply mark them “E-Offering” and place in the collection plate.
I was hungry and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me clothes to wear. I was sick and you took care of me. I was in prison and you visited me.’
“Then those who are righteous will reply to him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we see you as a stranger and welcome you, or naked and give you clothes to wear? When did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’
“Then the king will reply to them, ‘I assure you that when you have done it for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you have done it for me.’
~ MATTHEW 25:35-40