Stewardship & Giving
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Stewardship & Commitment Invitation
A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had
just thrown away an old Bible that he found, printed by “Guten” - or
something like that.
“Gutenberg?" asked the collector. The friend nodded.
fool! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed, a book
worth millions of dollars!”
don't think this book would have been worth much," said the friend. "It
was scribbled all over in the margins by some guy named Martin Luther."
What do you value about church? What here brings you joy, comfort,
energy, and hope?
Does that mean what you value about Franklin Circle Christian Church is
or should be the same as what someone else values? No, of course not.
But sometimes we treat our giving, our stewardship, as if it is a vote
for or against something in the church. If we are liking what the
church - or the pastor specifically - is doing, we give more. If we
don't, we give less.
This ignores two truths. The first is illustrated by the story. Who
knows that what ministry the church is offering isn't exactly what
someone else needs, perhaps even someone whose faith is weaker or whose
experience in the church is shorter.
But the second truth ignored by this manner of giving is even more
telling. We do not give as a vote of confidence/no confidence about the
church nor anything else human. We give because God has first given to
us more grace and love and forgiveness than we could have ever hoped
for. We give because it is in the nature of a faithful disciple to
give. We give to give glory to God.
Monthly Offering Envelopes
Monthly Offering Envelopes Now
Monthly offering envelopes are
available from the church office.
Please call and ask for them. You can pick them up on Sunday and use them for your gifts.
Please contact the church secretary, or me, the Treasurer, at
216-781-8232 during the week and a set will be made up for you.
Thank you all for your generosity.
Quick overview of giving/offerings at
Franklin Circle Christian Church
Pastor Allen Harris
1. Operating Budget –
The vast majority of offerings given are for the annual operational
budget of our local congregation which funds the mission and ministry of
Christ. This goes to pay everything from our utility bills, to staff
salaries, to the programs funded by the Mission Council.
2. Sunday School Offerings – All the money received from the
Sunday School classes is collected throughout the year and at the end of
the year (along with the over and above Christmas Offering) is
designated by the Board for a special outreach/mission project.
3. Special Day Offerings – Six times a year we receive offerings
for the work of our denomination, the Christian Church (Disciples of
Christ). After each offering is collected, the Financial Secretary
remits the offering the Church Finance Council who distributes them to
the appropriate entity. They are as follows:
a. Reconciliation Offering (usually the end of September) – for
the work of developing understanding and justice on the part of people
of different races and ethnicities.
b. Thanksgiving Offering – for leadership development, much of it
in our colleges, universities, and seminaries.
c. Christmas Offering – for the work of our Region, the Christian
Church in Ohio (Disciples of Christ).
d. Week Of Compassion (also known as One Great Hour Of Sharing –
usually received in mid-February) – for disaster relief and development
projects around the world. Oftentimes people give to this offering
throughout the year, especially whenever disasters happen.
e. Easter Offering – for the work of our denomination’s General
Ministries, such as Global Ministries, Disciples Home Mission, Council
on Christian Unity, Historical Society, and our ethnic constituency
groups, such as Hispanic Fellowship, North American Pacific Asian
Disciples, and the National Convocation (African American Disciples)
f. Pentecost Offering – for new congregation establishment. This
offering is split between the denomination and the region.
4. Organ Fund – using the special envelopes in the pews, this
helps to pay for organ maintenance and repairs.
5. Food Center – Oftentimes labeled “Hunger Center” or simply
“Hunger” this offering goes to the Near West Food and Family Services
Center, and is distributed at various times throughout the year when
there is enough to send.
6. Emergency Fund – Throughout the year special appeals are made
to ask for contributions to this fund. It is distributed at the pastor’s
discretion to persons in critical need, with a priority given to church
7. Over & Above Christmas & Easter – The money received in the
envelopes that are in our weekly offering envelope packets for Christmas
are designated by the Board at the end of the year for special
outreach/mission projects (along with the Sunday School Offering – see
above). The money received in the Easter envelopes that are in our
weekly offering envelope packets currently goes into the annual
Along By Joe Wolf:
Health Can Reduce Skepticism and Cynicism in an Older Church
Written by Keith Hamilton
As churches grow older sometimes they forget what it was like when they
were young. Churches need to remember a few of the qualities that
characterize the financial indicators of a young healthy Kingdom-Focused
1. The budget is aligned with the church's vision.
A church budget is necessary to meet governmental regulations and help
prevent church conflicts. However, many church budgets are not aligned
with the church's purpose. For instance, if the church purpose is to
reach the world for Christ and the church budget only allocates 5% to
international and home missions, certainly the church budget is not
aligned with the church purpose. The church budget should reflect the
2. The whole counsel of God is taught in stewardship.
Believers are instructed that they are managers of God's resources.
Stewardship is not only giving to God; stewardship is a lifestyle of
honoring God in all matters involving the person's time, talents, and
resources. Stewardship involves a disciple's lifestyle of managing the
resources God has entrusted to the individual Christian.
3. When people give to the church, the donors sense they are making a
difference in the Kingdom of God.
A basic human need is to make a difference in the world. Life should
have meaning and purpose. Most Christians want to make a difference
through their church. A healthy kingdom-focused church would reflect
this characteristic. Hardly anyone gets excited about paying the
church's light bill, but donors would be excited about the church's
facilities being used to bring boys and girls to Christ. As a church
leader once joyfully exclaimed, ?Because we have this building,
sixty-three souls came to know Christ in the last eighteen months!? What
a difference the church's facilities is making in the lives of
4. Tithing is taught without reservation and apology.
Christ died for His Church. A healthy kingdom-focused church will teach
that tithing to the local church is essential and a necessary part of
being a Christ follower. Tithing is not optional.
5. Church business [meetings] are times of celebration, not regret.
Church business [meetings are conducted according the church's
constitution/bylaws that reflect the compassion and love of Christ.
Argumentative matters are referred back to the appropriate committee or
organization to keep the harmony and unity of the fellowship. Many
churches have empowered committees to make more financial decisions to
help avoid church conflicts and preserve the fellowship of the church.
6. Clear and concise financial policies and guidelines are adopted
and followed by the kingdom-focused church.
Church financial policies provide a means to avoid church conflicts and
misunderstandings. Church members do not have to guess what guidelines
they should follow in using God's resources entrusted to the church. The
church's finances are kept in good and decent order, without confusion.
7. The church supports mission causes beyond the church's borders.
A healthy kingdom-focused church should support mission causes
nationally and internationally. To help fulfill the Great Commission,
the church must be involved beyond its local borders in reaching
individuals for the cause of Christ. Not only should the church give
financially, but the church should send its members to go and make
disciples in ?other lands.?
8. An attitude of joy exists when trying to out give God.
When the church collects its offering, there should be an excitement and
joy in the opportunity to bless God with financial gifts. Christians
should give willingly because they have been taught about the privilege
that God has allowed them to participate in His Kingdom work. Christians
are shown the importance of blessing God financially. In turn,
Christians will experience how God pours out His blessing on the giver.
If a church will re-examine itself in light of these healthy financial
qualities and take the needed steps in becoming healthier, then the joy
and excitement of a healthy Kingdom-Focused Church will return and God
will be blessed!