During this season of Advent, we begin our 2024 stewardship campaign, which will help us make a responsible budget for next year. Incarnation is entirely self-supported. This means that all money for our staff, for rental of our worship space from Bethel Lutheran, and for other necessary expenses, is paid for by the generous tithes and offerings of our members. However, that doesn’t mean you should give just because you want our ministry to continue. If you consider Incarnation your church, you should also give because it is an act of spiritual discipline that will help change and transform you into the likeness and image of Christ.
The biblical word “tithe” literally means ten percent, and the principle of giving a tithe is found throughout scripture (see for example: Lev 27:30; Num 18:21; Prov 3:9; 2 Chron 31:4; Mal 3:10). An “offering” to God is anything beyond that initial ten percent you may decide to give (see 2 Cor 9:7; Rom 12:1). Tithes and offerings are both acts of worship that will help you on your spiritual journeys, and they help keep ministries like ours running.
In 2 Cor. 9:1, the Apostle Paul wrote that “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” This is not a legalistic admonition, nor is it designed to promote a “prosperity gospel”. Paul’s intention here was to remind the church that giving to the ministry is a key way to keep us centered on Christ, to lower our own stress over financial matters, and to remind ourselves that whether we have much or a little, God will always provide for our needs. All of these things are generous blessings we can receive as we follow God’s lead in how we give our resources back to him.
At this time, we would like all our members to prayerfully consider how much they can commit to giving towards our ministry together on a monthly basis. Please click on the link below to fill out your pledge form by Sunday, December 24th.