All things come of thee O Lord, and of thine own have we given thee.” 1 Chronicles 29:14
By far the best way to support the ministry of Chirst Church is to pledge your yearly giving in advance. This allows us to plan our annual budget and programs more effectively and responsibly. Pledge cards are available in the church office and pews, and are distributed every Fall during our pledge campaign. Once you’ve filled it out, simply mail it to the church office at the address above or drop it in the collection plate.
The stewardship letter, from Chairman Tommy Hudgins, for 2017 embodies the spirit of the church and giving.
October 6, 2016
Dear Fellow Parishioner:
It’s October, and in Episcopal churches all over the country, parishioners are hearing the annual call for pledges. In that respect, we at Christ Episcopal Church are no different.
In other respects, we are very different indeed. During the past fifteen months of supply ministry and programs directed almost fully by volunteers, we have shown that we are an active, caring community eager to participate in many opportunities to worship and serve. We have resurrected the rectory through gifts of time, talent and treasure. And, thanks to the hard work of our search committee, we now welcome a dynamic new rector and his wife to occupy it and lead us into new ministry.
We need to make sure Father Nick will have sufficient resources to maintain our program and to lead us into any new and exciting areas to which the Holy Spirit might lead us. To accomplish that, we are hoping to increase pledged income by at least 15% in 2017.
How does our church serve you? Surely, it is the center of your worship and spiritual development. It provides opportunities for you to help others. CEC gives many of us the chance to experience valued fellowship. We may take advantage of these in varying degrees, but our parish offers us all the chance to become better people.
What do I think I can afford to pledge for 2017? That’s the wrong question. The question we all should be asking ourselves is “What do I want to give in 2017?” Just this once, cast aside your “inner accountant” and let your heart make the call. Give the church what you want, and the rest takes care of itself. Please join me in increasing my pledge for 2017.
In a few weeks, I will send an update with some hard numbers. In the meantime, please return to the church the accompanying pledge card. Feel free to mail it to the office or drop it in the collection plate on Sunday. In order to set a reasonably accurate budget for next year, the Vestry needs to hear from everyone by the annual meeting in mid-November.
2017 Stewardship Chair
You may give online, safely and securely, through your PayPal account or with any major credit card.
A convenient way to support the ministry of Christ Church is to schedule your monthly pledge via the online bill pay services of your local bank. This is the electronic equivalent of writing a check. It’s fast, direct, and saves trees. The contact details you need for setting up the church as a bill pay account are:
Christ Episcopal Church
311 East Church Street
Martinsville VA 24112
We welcome your remembrances, gifts, and honorariums and will follow your instructions for such including specific tangible gifts, monetary gifts, flowers or other items for special occasions or holy days. More substantial contributions should be coordinated with the senior warden who will work with you to honor and remember your family and loved ones.
Please remember Christ Episcopal Church in your will. The church welcomes bequests and charitable giving through wills and trusts. Gifts may be mailed to: Christ Episcopal Church, 311 East Church Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Annual earnings from participation in rewards programs continue to grow. The next time you shop at Amazon, Food Lion, or Kroger, support Christ Episcopal Church with your purchase. For every dollar spent at one of these businesses a percentage is donated to the church. Giving is easy!
Amazon Smile: You Shop, Amazon Gives. Christ Episcopal will receive a donation equivalent to .5% of the price for eligible purchases. Click here when you make purchases from Amazon and a portion is returned to the church!
Food Lion: Purchase a grocery card at church on Sunday or in the office during the week and use it to pay for your purchases. They are available in denominations of $25, $50, and $100, $200 and $300.
Kroger: Link your Kroger Plus card to the church. Go to the Kroger website, register your card by account number, enter Christ Church’s NPO number 82143 in the search field, click search, select the church and then click on enroll. Then all you have to do is shop. The rest is automatic.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite I
10:30 AM: Holy Eucharist, Rite II