Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at 9:57 AM
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Stewardship of Treasure

"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroys, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be." Matthew 6:19-21

At St. John the Baptist, our Stewardship of Treasure campaign takes place the last few weeks of November in which parishioners make commitments for the year for their Sunday tithing.  Parishioners are asked to prayerfully consider what sacrificial offering they will make for the upcoming year.   The Biblical teaching is that we "tithe" or contribute 10% of our income to the church for the work of the Gospel.  

There are many spiritual benefits to tithe the 10% of their income. 
1.  Placing God at the top of their monthly budgeting, that is giving God what is due to him first is a great act of faith. 
2.  By placing our faith in God and giving him priority, God is never out given or out done in his generosity.  
3.  How we spend our money is an indicator of our spiritual life.
4.  Tithing also has the benefit of helping us budget better.  

When we ask people to make a commitment, we encourage them to start with a small amount first, and if they never made a commitment before, we ask them to start with 1% or 2% of their annual income. Then we ask those who made any kind of commitment to make half of a tithe or 5%. At the Renewal, we ask those who make half a tithe to make a full tithe. Some people found out that they weren't worse off, but in fact, were even better off, so they make a full tithe. We emphasize that the giving is out of gratitude for the many blessings from God. That is the motivation for giving.

96% of the parish income comes from the generosity of parishioners.   It is the pastor's responsibility to make sure that the parish maintains a balanced budget and spends the parish's money applying the same stewardship and sacrificial attitude as tithing parishioners.   If 100% of parishioners tithe, then the parish can offer various benefits to parishioners.  







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