The Stewardship Challenge
At Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill, we constantly tend to each other through our shared friendships and worship, and to the community through our many outreach activities. To sustain this robust stewardship, we ask you to consider making an individual or family commitment to fund a share of the Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill operating budget. Commitments are vital funding sources through which all members can act as stewards to sustain our parish and its programs now and in the future.
While committed funds cover a large part of our operating expenses, our vestry has a long-standing goal of covering our total annual operating budget, aside from our separately funded Outreach program, with committed funding from parishioners. Committed support, unlike collection plate giving, enables our Vestry to plan for and develop an annual budget to support immanuel's ministries and mission to bring people closer to God. Giving this way also makes possible expanded and new programs. To continue maintaining our considerable outreach commitments and to manage faithfully our endowment funds created by planned giving bequests from past parishioners who wanted to sustain and grow our worship, mission and ministries for future generations, it is important for committed income to cover current operating costs.
Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill has a strong, responsive giving base, but its composition is in transition. New members are replacing some founding and older members who have passed away or moved out of the area. A fundamental stewardship challenge for us is to replace these previous, faithful donors with new ones, and to grow our commitments from all our parish family. If you have never before made a commitment, we ask you to take this important spiritual step and enter into a covenant with us to sustain immanuel Church-on-the-Hill and its ministries.
How do you make your commitment?
You can fill out and submit an online commitment form here or request a commitment card from the parish office or from an usher and place it in the offertory plate. If you would like to have a member of the Clergy, Vestry, or Stewardship Committee visit you, please contact the parish office or any member of the Stewardship Committee: Susan Gilbertson, Hance Haney, Douglas Henry, Doug John and Kerry Kelly.
For most of us, making monetary gifts to support God’s ministry in the world involves intentional sacrifice and setting priorities. In making your decision about giving, you might consider some themes in Proverbs regarding stewardship, the wise use of money, and the relationship between money and God.
Proverbs tells us to Give Generously and that When you give to the poor, you give to God -- 21:26 “The righteous gives and does not hold back.” 22:9 “Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.” 19:17 “Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and the Lord will repay him for his deed.” Your commitment will allow us to continue Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill’s vibrant worship, Christian education for youth and adults, pastoral care, evangelism to newcomers, as well as to carry our light into our local and overseas communities by working with important charities and allocating all of our Pumpkin Patch profits to Immanuel Outreach.
Ways to give
Check or Cash: You may contribute cash or a personal check by dropping it in the offering plate at one of our services or by mailing your check to the parish office.
Credit or Debit Card: You may contribute using a credit card or debit card. To use our online payment and giving tool you must first set up an account. Our online payment and giving tool will walk you through the process.
Electronic Debit: You can also pay your commitment online by setting up an electronic funds transfer that makes authorized payments from your bank account to the parish account. If you have questions or need additional information please contact Immanuel's bookkeeper, Lisa Schwendenmann at email@example.com
Securities: You may also contribute by donating securities. Information about how to make a gift of stock can be found here. If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Treasurer Susan Gilbertson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Bookkeeper Lisa Schwendenmann (email@example.com).
Frequently Asked Questions
What does stewardship mean?
Who are stewards?
Stewardship is all that I do, with all that I have, after I say I believe. Christian stewardship is based on an understanding that God is the source of all life and that we are entrusted to be good stewards of God’s creation. Stewardship rests on a belief that an abundant and generous God provides us with all that we truly need.
What is a commitment?
A commitment is a written promise (made by completing a commitment card) to support the mission and ministry of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill. You may fulfill your commitment weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually – whatever payment schedule is most convenient for you.
When can I make a commitment?
You do not have to wait for the annual Giving Back Campaign to make a commitment. You may make a commitment at any time of the year, and you can adjust your commitment at any time by notifying the Treasurer or the Parish Administrator.
Are there other ways to give to
the Church and its ministries?
Yes, there are other important ways you can help with long-term sustainability and vitality of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill. There are a number of ways to provide for the future of Immanuel while making decisions about your own estate planning. To learn more about Planned Giving, please visit our Planned Giving webpage, or contact any member of the Clergy, Vestry, or the Stewardship Committee.