Believe in Tomorrow
Dear Trinity Family and Friends:
Sound stewardship compels us to challenge
ourselves continually on how we can best use time, talent and resources
to grow, improve and get closer to God. When we experience Godís
generosity and witness the generosity of others, we become inspired to
give as well. Essentially, giving begets giving. Most importantly,
giving strengthens our relationship with God.
Please take time to reflect on the
messages in the enclosed brochure and personal guide.
One important thing you can do that
really helps us, no matter what your offering, is to return the card.
It is one of the most important things you can do to help us plan Godís
work for the year ahead. Together we are one in Christ.
Pledge cards enable
the church to know on what contributions of time and financial resources
we can depend for the coming year. When you allow God to direct your
giving decision and inform us of that decision, we can plan for both our
present and our future. As instruments of planning in an ever changing
world, pledge cards and the commitments they contain always can be
changed if circumstances in your life necessitate. You need only inform
our Financial Secretary.
Click here for a
printable pledge card (adults)
Click here for a printable Promise card for Kids
Click here for a printable Promise Card for our Youngest
cards provide opportunity for you to pledge of your time as well.
Service to the church and in the world is as important as your financial
gifts. Please take a moment to see in what ways you want to share your
other gifts with this community of faith and let us know. We look
forward to your service.
Electronic Giving (E-Giving)
Electronic Giving allows
your weekly or monthly contributions to be transferred electronically
from your checking or savings account directly to the church account.
While away on vacation, you have peace
of mind knowing that your pledge has been received and is contributing
to the work of the church, especially during those otherwise low cash
flow months of the year.
is direct debit?
debit is a secure electronic transfer of an authorized payment from your
checking or savings account into Trinity Churchís account. Direct debit
may also be referred to as electronic funds transfer (EFT), Automated
Clearing House (ACH) transfer, direct payment, automatic bill payment,
automatic debit and electronic payment.
direct debit just for large companies?
all! Vanco Services, the company that will service Trinityís electronic
transfers, specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to
do people request direct debit?
people request direct debit because it takes the hassle out of paying
bills and keeping up with charitable offerings. Also, individuals who
receive their pay or benefits via direct deposit are already familiar
with and are more likely to sign up for direct debit
will I know the dollar amount that will be deducted from my checking or
fixed recurring transaction, the dollar amount deducted is the same
amount that was initially authorized.
How will I know the date the payment will be
deducted from my checking or savings accounts?
are deducted on the date you indicate in the initial
authorization unless that date is a Saturday, Sunday or Federal holiday,
in which case it is deducted on the first business day following that
to sign up for Electronic Giving
SIGN UP for E-giving today
Click here for printable
How much should I give?
Not sure how
much to pledge? Click here for a
may mail your pledge card to us at 2217 Columbia Pike, Arlington,
Virginia 22204, or bring it by the office. The sooner we receive your
pledge card the better. You are free to submit a pledge card at any
We have a wonderful
opportunity through our giving of time and financial resources to offer
thanks for the many blessings each one of us has received, to teach the
generations after us about the joy of doing and giving, and as act of
Christian stewardship, to embrace our responsibility to pass the baton
with grace, love, hope, enthusiasm and joy to the generations to come.
We look forward to receiving your pledge.
"Do not judge, and you will
not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive,
and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed
down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the
measure you give will be the measure you get back."
ďBring the full tithe into
the storehouse, so that there may be food in my house, and thus put me
to the test, says the Lord of hosts; see if I will not open the windows
of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing. I will
rebuke the locust for you, so that it will not destroy the produce of
your soil; and your vine in the field shall not be barren, says the Lord
of hosts. Then all nations will count you happy, for you will be a land
of delight, says the Lord of hosts.Ē
Helen Steiner Rice says
The more you give the more you get
The more you laugh, the less you fret.
The more you do unselfishly,
The more you live abundantly.
The more of everything you share,
The more youíll always have to spare.
The more you love, the more youíll find
That life is good and friends are kind.
For only what we give away.
Enriches us from day to day.
What your giving supports
Your giving supports many Trinity ministries,
The Columbia Pike Thrift Shop, Trinity School of
Early Learning, Outreach projects, Columbia Pike Community Chorus,
Christian Education, The Mother's Union Branch of Trinity Church, and
Intercessory Prayer Ministry to name a few.
To read more about these ministries,
Ways to Give
Tithes and Offerings
Every day presents new opportunities for
the people of God to give of their time, talents and resources.
At Trinity Church, we encourage our worshippers, members and
friends to give generously towards the pursuit of Godís mission as
discerned by this community of faith.
Such giving recognizes that it takes staff, facilities, and
ministry or program funds to equip the church to undertake and complete
God challenges us, in thanksgiving for
all that we have and do receive, to trust God enough to support Godís
church with the biblical tithe, one tenth of a personís income.
We ask that you view your giving as an
extension of your faith life. Your active faith life has a beginning (a
time when you can see yourself getting more interested in God, in
church, in Godís purpose for your life) . . . it grows . . . and it
reaps benefits for us as well as others.
A first step towards faithful giving
(i.e., giving that reflects your fulfillment of what you say you will
do), is to make a pledge to the church.
You do not have to wait until the annual
stewardship campaign to make a pledge. Contact Trinityís Financial
Secretary, or the church office and request a pledge card
today. Completing a pledge card enables the church to be better
stewards of Godís money by being better able to plan.
When you have submitted your pledge
card, we will send you envelopes to use. These envelopes help us keep
accurate records and report back to you your giving.
While we do appreciate those who are
willing to pledge, we realize that not everyone is ready to make the
commitment. We also welcome your financial gifts at the time of the
offertory and provide envelopes in the pews for those who prefer using
Gifts of Time and Talent
Click here for opportunities to give of your
time and talents!
Commemorative Paver Bricks
Commemorative Paver Bricks are one way you can offer thanksgiving or a
lasting remembrance of a loved one and/or event.
Bricks are installed at the circular intersection of sidewalks in front
of our nave (main church entrance) doors. All persons coming for
worship pass by this circle whether they climb the stairs or use our
handicap access ramp.
commemorative paver, engraved in thanksgiving, celebration or memorial,
will become a permanent fixture in this paver circle. Proceeds help
offset the expense of our recent handicap accessibility renovations.
Commemorative bricks cost $150 each, and
have room for up to 60 characters (letters, spaces or punctuation). The
inscribed text may be set in as many as three lines of characters (each
line limited to 20 characters).
To order a brick, please complete an
order form and return it (or them) to the church office, attention Kathi
Justus. Checks should be made payable to Trinity Episcopal Church,
earmarked ďPaver Brick.Ē There is no limit on the number of bricks you
Perhaps financial concerns make giving more generously at this time
difficult for you. Why not consider making Trinity a beneficiary of
your estate? By naming Trinity in your will, you can create a lasting
legacy for future generations.
Click here for additional information, or please
contact the Rector.
for Stewardship Mission
We pray for giving in 2011: Gracious God, your varied blessings and
gifts have filled my heart to overflowing with gratitude and praise.
But the praise of heart and tongue are not enough for me until I prove
by my deeds that my life is devoted to your service. Lead me in
deciding what giving commitments to make and then enable me to keep my
pledged promise of time, talent and treasure. In the name of Jesus
Christ I pray. Amen.