Stewardship 2018: Blessing Generously

Blessing Generously

We give thanks for all of the ways that God has blessed us, and we ask that you prayerfully consider what time, talents, and treasures you have to offer as we work towards growing our faith, our church, and our community together.

Proverbs 11:24-25 The Message (MSG)
24 The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
    the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
25 The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
    those who help others are helped.


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Pledge of Time & Talents (per individual)

Pledge of Treasure (per family)


Emmaus Stewardship FAQ

Is Stewardship just about money?

Stewardship in the Bible refers to the careful and responsible management of something valuable that has been entrusted to us. Some define it as using the gifts that God gives us to do the work that God calls us to do.  Christians believe that everything we have comes from God. We proclaim our role as stewards of God’s goodness every week when we sing the Doxology: “Praise God, from whom all blessings flow…”  Stewardship is the responsible management of our God-given resources of time, talent and treasure.  Part of our Stewardship Campaign is identifying how you can best use your time and talents to support the church and its mission. Another part is related to financial giving in the form of a pledge.

What is a pledge?

Making a pledge is promising to give a specific amount of your financial resources to Emmaus UCC over the course of the calendar year.

What are the pledges used for?

Pledge income is used to fund the operating budget that is voted upon and adopted by the congregation each year at our annual meeting. Programs such as Community Outreach and Faith Formation would not exist without pledge money. Minister and staff salaries, building maintenance, snow plowing, air conditioning and heat for all of our buildings—none of that would be possible without pledge dollars. A small percentage of our pledge income goes to the support of Our Church’s Wider Mission (http://www.ucc.org/ocwm).

Doesn't the denomination provide us money?

No. In the United Church of Christ, we are a free-church tradition. It means we have local autonomy to make decisions for ourselves, with God’s guidance, and without directives from a binding hierarchy. However, with freedom of religious faith and practice also comes the responsibility to support our ministries and programs as a congregation.

Can I just contribute with the offering or is pledging necessary?

While we welcome contributions in any form, we have to balance our budget based on the pledges that are received during our Stewardship Campaign.  It is essential that we know what income we can expect in order to determine where that money will go.  If we don’t have enough pledges in, we have to cut some of our programs and services. Plate giving is a valued gift—like a bonus—but pledging allows us to plan.

Can non-members pledge? 

Yes! Many of our non-members feel that Emmaus is their church home, even though they are not officially members.  Their pledges make a big difference.  We feel blessed to have you as part of our church community.

How much should I pledge?

This is a very personal decision that should be prayerfully considered. Pledging is a journey.  We often find ourselves giving in response to what we have already received.  We also give because we want others to receive what we ourselves have.  Whether it is to provide food, a helping hand for a child, or money to help pay the electric bill and keep the sanctuary lights on for those in need of community and friendship, giving ought to be joyful and grow our faith in the goodness of God.  We ask that you prayerfully consider what money and resources you have, and how much you feel that you can give to our work at Emmaus.

What about tithing?

Jesus talked about money and possessions more than any other subject in the Bible. It was the expectation of faithful people to contribute a tithe, or ten percent of their income to the Temple. In modern times, however, some of the worthwhile work of caring for others is performed by other non-profit organizations. A modern-tithe has been defined as a total of one’s charitable giving, to church and non-profits, equaling ten percent. 

How do I make a pledge? 

You can fill out the two forms (treasure & talents), or fill out the pledge cards which will be collected during the Stewardship Campaign.

Can I make payments online?

Yes! We accept donations by debit and credit card as well as by Automated Clearing House (ACH) payments from your checking account. You can initiate one time payments or setup automatic payments.  Information is available at https://emmausucc.org/give

Who will know how much I am pledging?

This information is only available to the Senior Minister, the Financial Secretary, the Stewardship and Finance lead, and the head of the Stewardship team.

What happens if my financial circumstances change and I am unable to fulfill my pledge?

This is okay! We ask only that you make your best good-faith estimate of your ability to contribute. If at any time your financial situation changes dramatically, you can notify the church office and your pledge can be adjusted. It is not a bill that must be paid; it is a faithful intention.