Touché March 27, 2015
Posted on March 27, 2015 by under Touché,

An On-Line Thaw

“Now concerning the contribution for the saints: as I directed the churches of Galatia, so you also are to do. On the first day of every week, each of you is to put something aside and store it up, as he may prosper, so that contributions need not be made when I come.” (1 Cor. 16:1, 2)

We got slammed by the snow, whacked by the winter, frozen by the frost, with the results being a winter of discontent in our giving.  We are looking forward to a spring thaw and a glorious summer.  There is a spirit and excitement in the ministry of Hopewell that is warming up already as our oil bills go down and our spirits heat up.

We sent out a letter this week that invites you to give generously in response to the gift of Easter; As the Apostle Paul puts it: For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. We are hoping that the pastel envelopes, or the Easter envelopes, will see about $25,000 of increased giving to cover our winter white out.  I hope you will participate generously.

But this winter invites us to stress the benefits of giving consistently through automatic methods.  Again Paul invites the Corinthians to set something aside each week so when he comes he does not have to take up a major offering.  He understands the power of consistent, regular giving that leads to great results.

Here are some high level points that encourage us to have an “On-Line Thaw” in our giving:

1) Wide acceptance – Many people use online banking as opposed to writing and mailing checks.

2 )Stability in Collections – People want to give weekly or monthly but weather, vacations, etc. can cause fluctuations and it is difficult to then “catch up” to their giving goals.

3) Options – Can give via debit through checking account or via credit card.

4) Convenience – Set up recurring monthly or weekly payments and it is done!

5) Younger Generation – appeals to younger members who don’t have checkbooks and solely use online banking.

6) Cost Savings – once a member is signed up for online contributions, they will no longer need Church envelopes, which would result in a cost savings.

I encourage you to set aside an automatic way to give.  Cathy and I give through credit card (adding on a 3% charge that is above our pledge).  You can go to our online giving page, you can set things up through your bank, or you can contact our financial secretary, Cyndy Warren,  and she can help you set things up through the church.

Take a moment to take some action so that this winter of weather will be a faded memory and winters of discontent in giving will be made glorious by the summer suns of your generosity.

Thank you,