“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:7-8)
Stewardship is centered around the reality and presence of Christ in our lives and in the world. It involves a careful and caring use of our spiritual and physical resources. Stewardship is what we do after confessing belief in Jesus Christ. Stewardship is a natural, loving, and joyful response to want to grow in a personal relationship with Christ and to share Christ with others. Living a Christ-like life happens by practicing stewardship of self (growing and maturing in our faith), stewardship of community (service to our human communities and physical environment), and stewardship of resources (gifts of time, talent, and money).
In a Christian life, 100% of what we do is stewardship. Stewardship is present in every activity of the church, in its music, outreach, worship, prayer, and congregational life. Supporting stewardship means that you support developing a deeper relationship with Christ and sharing the eternal gift of Christ with others through the church’s ministries and the church community.
First Presbyterian Church’s Vision for Stewardship
Our church has a distinguished record of leadership in the community. We are participating in the creation of RIFA, helping build Habitat for Humanity houses, organizing mission trips, initiating the Peanut Butter and Jelly ministry for underprivileged children, starting the Threads of Love service to grieving families, or giving through the Benevolence Committee. You can find them outlined under the “Ministries” tab. Also, you will find a list of ministries and activities in the Time and Talent Pledge document below. These numerous activities would not be possible without three key elements.
• Sound planning, which is outlined below in our Long Range Plan.
• Wise budgeting, as outlined in our Narrative Budget.
• Active environmental and historical preservation, as outlined in our Recycling, Arboretum, and Archival Preservation.
What Can You Do?
1. Pledge Your Time, Talents, and Treasures
Pledging is a very important part of the church’s planning and budgeting process. Your financial pledge enables the church to plan ahead, fulfilling its mission and ministries. Your pledge of time and talent is also of great value in accomplishing the services and ministries in the body of Christ. Be alert to answer the call for specific needs that arise each year, needs announced in the church’s newsletter or in the Sunday bulletin; or as so led to give a weekly offering in church, or make other, pledged or non-pledged gifts. Church leaders are interested in helping you grow spiritually by learning about your God-given talents and interests and connect you to activities where you may spiritually grow and serve as a disciple to others.
Each fall First Presbyterian Church conducts a stewardship campaign and asks its members to complete a Financial and a Time and Talents pledge. Your gifts, all talents, all activities, large or small, are vital to the health of the church and you are cordially invited to participate in those that appeal to you. Whatever your talent, First Presbyterian Church has a project for you.
2. Donate to First Presbyterian Church
There are multiple ways to donate. If you have any questions about this process, please do not hesitate to call the church office at 731.422.1591.
• Check: Make payable to First Presbyterian Church. Mail or drop off at 1573 N. Highland Ave. Jackson, TN 38301
• Bill Pay: Online bill pay through your local bank is a service that sends money out of your bank account to whomever you wish. In most cases, these online bill pay services will print a check and mail it to the recipient. To set up this type of online bill pay you should be able to set up a new payee in the name of First Presbyterian Church. Enter the address 1573 N. Highland Ave. Jackson, TN 38301. Each time you want to pay you will just enter the amount of the donation and you’re done. The bank will print and mail a check that will pull money from your account. It can also usually be set up where it can be paid on a reoccurring basis of your choice. Please contact your local bank for additional assistance needed.
• Direct Deposit / Auto Bank Draft: Many banks offer automatic bank draft services to make it easy to donate. First Presbyterian Church also provides bank drafts for your convenience. Direct deposits can be set up weekly, monthly, or for a one-time transfer. Return the signed document to the church office.
• Credit Card / PayPal: For your convenience, a PayPal account has been set up for online and credit card payments. From there you can enter your donation amount and complete the required information on the provided form. Your credit card or PayPal account will be charged accordingly.
God looks at the heart, not the hand—the giver, not the gift.