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Stewardship 2012

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. 

 

Edmund Warburton                             The Rev. Kim L. Coleman

Senior Warden                                    Rector

 

                   

 

 

 

Pledge Cards

 

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 (ages 9-12)

Click here for a printable Promise Card for our Youngest (ages 2-8)

Pledge 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is direct debit?

Direct 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.

Isn't direct debit just for large companies?

Not at all! Vanco Services, the company that will service Trinityís electronic transfers, specializes in providing electronic payment solutions to small organizations.

Why do people request direct debit?

Many 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

How will I know the dollar amount that will be deducted from my checking or savings accounts?

For a 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?

Payments 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 date.

Reasons to sign up for Electronic Giving

  • Peace-of-mind knowing that the church is receiving your contribution even if you are unable to attend

  • More secure than checks

  • All contributions are recorded for you on your bank statement with date of settlement

  • It costs you nothing!

How to SIGN UP for E-giving today

  • Fill out the Authorization form below; keep a copy for your records.

  • Return the completed form with your pledge commitment or drop it off at the church office.

  • You will receive a letter notifying you when the transfer has been set up.

Click here for printable E-giving form.

 

 

How much should I give?

 

Not sure how much to pledge? Click here for a Faith Guide. 

 

You 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 time.

 

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.

 

 

Why Give?

 

Jesus says

"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."

Luke 6:37-38

 

 

Yahweh says

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

Malachi 3:10-12

 

 

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.

Poem entitled Give Lavishly! Live Abundantly!.  From Someone Cares, The Collected Poems of Helen Steiner Rice, Fleming H. Revell Company, Old Tappan, New Jersey, p. 54

 

 

 

 

What your giving supports

 

Your giving supports many Trinity ministries, including:

 

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, click here.

 

  

 

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 its work.

 

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 an envelope.

 

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. 

Paver 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. 

Your 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 may order. 

 

 

Estate Planning

 

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.

 

 

 

Prayer 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.

 

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