GIVING & VOLUNTEERING
Christ Church is supported by the generosity of members and friends who donate time, talent, and money to the church to ensure that it is open, staffed, safe, and active. God has given each of us many gifts and we are called to use them to build up the church and to show the spread the love of God to our community.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)\
Please take a look at some of our Stewardship Resources for 2021-2022.
- 2022 STEWARDSHIP BROCHURE
- Father Matt’s Stewardship Sermon for November 22, 2021
- Father Matt’s Sermon for October 31, 2021
- 2022 Pledge Card (Print & Mail)
- Pledge Online
The Stewardship Packet was mailed to every family on our mailing list. It included the Brochure and 2022 Pledge Cards. Please return your Pledge Card ASAP. You can also email Marie@ChristChurchPelham.org to make a Pledge via email or call the Parish Office at 914-738-5515.
MAKE A ONE-TIME GIFT VIA FACEBOOK
You can make a quick and easy gift by clicking the blue Donate Button on our FaceBook page. You will need a FaceBook account, and you will need to be logged in to FaceBook. Please consider donating to our Advent to Christmas Fundraiser on FaceBook.
SET UP YOUR PLEDGE & OTHER GIFTS ONLINE
In addition to setting up a regular pledge (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually, whatever works for you), you can also set up one-time or recurring donations (for Easter, Christmas, Mother’s Day, special occasions, etc.). Parish Giving makes it easy, and if your donation comes from your bank account the church pays minimal processing fees.
“Nicole & I pledge through Parish Giving. It’s convenient, easy to update, and ensures that we never fall behind on our pledge. I absolutely recommend pledging through Parish Giving” – Fr. Matt
FUNDRAISING ON FACEBOOK
Please consider starting a fundraiser to support Christ Church – your birthday is one great opportunity to do that every year. Our Parish has raised several thousand dollars through FaceBook Fundraisers. FaceBook makes it easy for your online friends to donate to organizations you love and support.
Start your own FaceBook Fundraiser for Christ Church HERE. Click the “Fundraiser” tab — Next to “About” (you may have to click “More”). There you’ll be able to start your own fundraiser. You can also see any current fundraisers which you can share and/or donate to. Its fine if we have multiple fundraisers going on at once – we all have different friends and families. Start a fundraiser when your birthday comes or at any time. Start one today!
You will need a FaceBook account, and you will need to be logged in to FaceBook.
ALLOW AMAZON TO DONATE TO CHRIST CHURCH
Christ Church is a participating non-profit with Amazon Smile. Any church member who buys through Amazon can buy through Smile.Amazon.com, and designate the church to receive a small donation (0.5%) for each purchase. When you shop at Amazon, they will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the charitable organization of your choice as long as you use: smile.amazon.com;
select “Parish of Christ the Redeemer in Pelham, NY” as your charity of choice.
Pledging is the simple process whereby members of the parish make a financial commitment towards the support of Christ Church for the coming year. Your pledge is a commitment to give consistently, which allows you to place your giving to the church as a priority at the start of each year. Pledging also allows us to plan carefully and make responsible decisions about the operating budget and funding critical ministries.
You are not locked in. If circumstances change, you can adjust your pledge up or down any time during the year. Some people make one annual pledge payment. Others pay weekly, or anywhere in between. We issue statements for tax purposes and proper record keeping. The amount you pledge is kept confidential and, ultimately, the amount is between you and God. If you have any questions about pledging, please contact the Rector, any member of the Stewardship Committee, or the Senior Warden.
WHY WE GIVE
All things come of Thee O Lord, and of thine own have we given Thee
1 Chronicles 29:14
This passage, from King David’s farewell prayer, is traditionally said or sung at the altar as we acknowledge our gifts of money and then receive the gifts of bread and wine. In a well-known sermon about this passage from Chronicles, a priest writes:
“This is a wonderful refrain to carry through life. To intentionally give all of life back to God. Not to give it away, but to give it up, that it all be consecrated and that, in so doing, we be liberated. It can be a very good way to begin the day, making all of our life an offering, acknowledging that we are stewards, and that we are thankful. Acknowledging that we cannot possess anything in this life, that nothing truly belongs to us. I would say that it all belongs to God, and we belong to God. I would say that we are not possessors of anything, but rather stewards of everything. And because we are stewards we cherish things all the more.”
The faith community of Christ Church gives of our time, talent and treasure because God has entrusted us with the gift of life and all of the blessings of our lives. We know, that no matter how hard we work, we do not – we cannot – produce these gifts on our own. God entrusts them to us, asks us to be faithful stewards of them. And, he asks us to acknowledge Him as the source, owner and author of these gifts. Pledging and giving of ourselves to this parish is one of the central ways we make that acknowledgement.
We have so much to be thankful for, individually and as a parish community. Christ Church is an amazing place, with worship opportunities, resources and programs for every age. It is a Holy place; a place to meet God, to say our prayers, and to support each other in our journey in faith. As Scripture makes clear, a crucial part of this journey is our giving. Applying our gifts to Christ Church keeps our parish vibrant and able to respond to parishioners’ needs. Yet even more important than programs or budgets, are the blessings that follow our giving. The blessings of peace, healing, and deep joy. The blessing of God sending His Son Jesus, the greatest gift of all, to make this life possible for each of us. What else can we do but respond with grateful hearts? What else can we do but love the world the way God loves the world, to give the way He gives every day?
LEARN MORE ABOUT DONATING & GIVING
Christ Church is the place where Episcopalians in Pelham and the surrounding communities gather as the Body of Christ. The Church is where our children are baptized and confirmed, it is where we are married, it where we plan and practice ministry and use the gifts that God has given us, it is where we gather in times of trial or grief, and it is where many generations of faithful members of Christ Church are buried. Your monetary gifts and support keep our building open, staffed, and active. We ask all our members to make a financial pledge to support Christ Church each year. We also ask our members to consider keeping the church in their wills or make financial bequests to the church. Please explore the different financial ways that you can support Christ Church. Your support and generosity are greatly appreciated.
LEARN MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING / MINISTRY
The ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons. The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the
Church. There are many ways to volunteer your time and talent – some of the important gifts that God has given each of us – at Christ Church. Please explore our ministries, many of which are listed below. If you are interested in volunteering, please connect with the ministry leader. Please feel free to contact Father Matt our Rector if you have any questions or if you want to get involved in any way lot listed.