Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Stewardship Committee Financial Update
What a blessing it is to give to the Lord. That's right. At St. Paul's we believe the Biblical proposition that giving financially to the Lord is not an obligation or chore but a blessings that should inspire cheerfulness in us.
Here are some Biblical principles to ponder regarding your giving.
* Give faithfully. Do not give based on how "the budget" is doing nor think that if things are going well that there is no need for giving on your part (or likewise that the only time we really need to give is when funds are short). Our giving is to the Lord Jesus Christ.
* Give cheerfully. With the blessings that come from faithful giving to Jesus Christ how can we give otherwise.
* Give proportionately. At St. Paul's we believe in the Biblical principle of tithing. Again, not because it is a sad obligation but it is a blessings that promises Biblically that God will be with us in our giving. St. Paul's as a Church tithes (and gives even more) to our Synod and District and to Charities and those in need.
* Make up. When you are away on those much needed vacations please remember that the bills still come in here on a regular basis. Send in your offering ahead of time or even by mail or please consider "making up" for the weeks you are away.
* Give "First Fruits" By this we mean the Biblical principle of giving out of our abundance and not as a "left over". A "leftover" way of giving is to pay all your bills, spend out of your paycheck, get a pizza or go out to eat, and then give to God anything that may be left at the end. God's "First Fruits" way is to get your paycheck and immediately write out your offering check first before you do anything else. You'll find that you always have the ability to give offering to God in this way!!!