Giving

For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God.
2 Corinthians 9:12 (ESV)

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COME AND WORSHIP

SATURDAY EVENING 4:00 PM
from January-April
except Palm Sunday & Easter

SUNDAY MORNING 9:30 AM
Palm Sunday and Easter
and from May-December

at Christ Church Episcopal
Route 9, Pottersville

DAILY DEVOTION

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THE CHURCH YEAR

Epiphany

January 6-February 17

Epiphany (ee-PIH-fuhny), meaning "manifestation" or "shining forth", is the celebration of God's incarnation in the child Jesus, and also that His gift of grace is extended to all, both Jew and Gentile. Epiphany contains several important festivals: First, the day of Epiphany celebrates the visit of the magi and their prophetic gifts declaring Jesus to be Messiah, priest, and king. Next, Jesus' baptism reminds us that Jesus came to fulfill all righteousness - and God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. Finally, near the close of the Epiphany season comes the Transfiguration, commemorating the day when Christ, for just a brief moment, pulled back the curtain and let the disciples have just a glimpse of His Godly glory - and, once again, God the Father declares that Jesus is His Son. The two colors of Epiphany are White and Green - White for the glory and purity of Christ, and Green for spiritual growth which comes from hearing Christ's revelation as God. At the end of Epiphany, we come down from the mountaintop and begin the penitent walk toward Christ's passion and death in the season of Lent.

Thrivent's Simply Giving Program

 

Faithful Giving

Christians believe, teach, and confess that everything we have belongs to God.  We are caretakers, faithful stewards, of God's riches.  As stewards, we've been given an enormous trust and responsibility - to use the wealth of God in accordance with His wishes.

Unfortunately, there are several big misconceptions when it comes to giving.  Let's take a look at a few of these.

"Giving is to support the church budget."
It may look that way, but that's not what faithful giving is about.  Giving isn't about the need of the church to receive your money.  It's about your personal, spiritual need to give.  Giving is an act of faithfulness, trust, and joy, a thanksgiving for everything God has given you.  Giving is a symbolic way to declare the reality of Baptism: that you have been claimed as God's own child and given new life.  It's all about the attitude.

"I don't have enough money to give right now. I'll give more after _____."
God asks for a portion of the first and best of what He's given you.  He doesn't ask for a specific amount.  Jesus, noticing a poor widow offering two small coins, praises her and declares that she gave more than anyone else that day.  When we wait to have "enough" before we give, we find we never have enough.  On the other hand, when giving is the first priority, we realize how abundant God's blessings really are.  It's all about the attitude.

"God demands a tithe."
Well, no.  True enough, the tithe (giving 10% of one's income) was part of the Old Testament Levitical law, but that law has been fulfilled in Christ Jesus.  We are no longer bound to the tithe.  Faithful giving is cheerfully, habitually giving from the first and best of what we've been given.  Christians are free to choose to tithe - and it's certainly a good goal - but those who faithfully give more or less should not feel guilty.  It's all about the attitude.

"I give my time and talent, so it's OK that I don't give money."
"I give my money, so it's OK that I don't give time or talent."
Statements like these show a serious misunderstanding of Biblical stewardship.  Faithful giving is a whole lifestyle, not a pick-and-choose menu of options.  It's a conscious response to God's love by placing Him first in all areas of life.  Biblical stewardship includes gifts of time, talent, AND treasure.  Willingness to leave one of these out shows that stewardship is being seen as an obligation to be fulfilled rather than a joyful response to the abundant gifts of God.  It's all about the attitude.


Simply Giving

For members who are unable to join us on a Sunday - for example, those who winter out of state - and for those who would prefer an electronic debit option, we offer Thrivent's Simply Giving program.  Simply Giving allows you to request for your gift to be automatically withdrawn from your bank account.  You have the ability to start/stop this service at any time.  Please fill out the Simply Giving form and mail it to the church office (PO Box 51, Pottersville, NY 12860).

SIMPLY GIVING ENROLLMENT FORM