Why does one give to The Church? It is important to recognize, as the People of God, that all that we have and all that we are comes from God.
18 But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
—Deuteronomy 8:18 KJV
The "power to get wealth" comes from:
being granted time on this Earth, by God, and through our parents.
developing talents by using our body, mind, character, and spirit to realize our God-given potential.
acquiring 'treasures' as a result of implementing/utilizing our talents and potential.
Are we to acquire 'treasures?' In reviewing the Seventh thru the Tenth Commandments, we are admonished not to steal or covet after anything that belongs to another. One can only steal from or covet after what another possesses. Thus, we, ourselves, can possess 'treasures' or wealth.
Nonetheless, acquisition is not the driving force in the Christian life:
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
—Matthew 6:19-20 KJV
Rather, God knows we need that property, in order that we might exercise our stewardship; that we might be good stewards of God. In fact, God actually lays a challenge before us concerning our faith in giving:
10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
That there may be meat in mine house,
And prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts,
If I will not open you the windows of heaven,
And pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
—Malachi 3:10 KJV
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, as is any church, is funded almost entirely by donations from our congregation and visitors. All offerings are welcome. You can donate online, by mail, or in person. We thank you for supporting St. Paul's and its ministries, making it possible for us to engage in the ministry to which God is calling us. It has been said:
“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area in his life.”
— Billy Graham
It is important to recognize that money is just a tool--it is useless unless it is utilized, in some way, to help accomplish an end. The very same could be said of our talents and potential--either use them or lose them.
24 Some give freely, yet grow all the richer;
others withhold what is due, and only suffer want.
25 A generous person will be enriched,
and one who gives water will get water.
— Proverbs 11:24-25 NRSV
"There is nothing but learning in this life and it is the only thing we take with us to the grave—knowledge."
— Shannon L. Alder
Finally, "The Minister of the Congregation is directed to instruct the people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well-being of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses."
— The Book of Common Prayer, page 445
For information on memorials, directed gifts to support a specific program, and ways to include St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in your estate planning, please contact the church office at (661) 945-6704.
Saint Paul's Episcopal Church is a public charitable organization as outlined under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All contributions for which no goods or services are provided are tax-deductible for U.S. citizens.
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