Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21)
We seek to be faithful to the mission of Christ in the church and world. I invite you to pray for the church – our members, officers, and staff. In addition, I hope that you will join me in supporting the ministry of the church with a financial gift. I assume you are aware that we experienced a 2020 year-end deficit of $140,000, which led to a reduction in our budgeted mission and benevolent giving for 2021 of $70,000. With so much of the year in virtual worship, I suspect that many of us may have gotten out of the discipline of making regular Sunday weekly offerings to God. I firmly believe that if each one of us will increase our giving, we will overcome this deficit and restore our previous level of support for the church and its mission. In light of this situation, Bunny and I have raised our pledge for the year.
It is a joy for us to be able to support the ministries of this faithful congregation with our financial resources. As Jesus said, giving freely and generously to the work of Christ in the world expresses our love for God. We cannot fulfill our mission without your support.
Yours in Christ,
Lewis F. Galloway
Proportional Giving simply means giving a portion of what you receive. The outreach of our Church continues to grow and is only limited by the gifts it receives. What percent of your income do you give back to the Church? As you consider your financial support of the Church this year, please prayerfully consider increasing your gift in 2020.
Did you know 35% of our members increase their giving annually (5-year average)?
Historically, each year over 20% of our pledges and gifts are received in December requiring FPC to borrow funds to operate. Just by changing the way we give to either weekly, monthly, or quarterly installments will significantly improve how we operate. The recurring gift option on our website is an easy way to set up automatic payments in a balanced way.
Did you know in 2019, FPC had to borrow over $400,000 until December giving began?
New Ways of Giving
We will continue to honor our traditional ways of giving while giving members many new, electronic, and mobile ways to give. The times and technology have changed; your Stewardship Committee is committed to staying abreast of these changes.
Did you know in addition to giving by check or cash, there are over 5 other ways to give?
- Online at www.fpcspartanburg.org/give
- Through the ShelbyNext app
- Text (864) 309-0816
- Gifts of stock
- Auto withdrawal