Easter Special Offering Envelope
A special offering envelope was included in your Easter mailing. Your extra financial gift, a thank offering to God, will be welcomed throughout the 50 days of Easter! We are substantially behind in budgeted income (and have an additional bill to pay for snow removal due to the lovely amount of snow this winter!) Please consider switching from envelopes to PAR! Brochures are available on the bulletin board. Updating your Will? See the brochure on Legacy Giving on the bulletin board.
Grass Cutting Volunteers Wanted
With summer rapidly approaching, we are looking for volunteers to help with keeping the grass cut and trimmed. This year, we are looking forward to doing this with greater ease, comfort and ecological sensitivity as we transition to battery powered trimmers. Please email or speak to Colin Taylor (email@example.com) to volunteer to help keep St. Helen’s looking lean and green.
Hall Rental Coordinator Ministry
St. Helen’s will be looking for a person or team to coordinate the use of Trinity Hall. Working with the Administrative Assistant and the clergy, this position will include meeting with prospective renters, providing ‘host’ service during rentals, if required, and, potentially, some clean up duties. There will be an honourarium provided. Please express interest to the church office or clergy.
Enclosed in your Christmas letter was a pamphlet entitled “Legacy Giving”. Please read it and consider acting on the encouragement you will find therein.
Even with the cuts to the budget this year we are still substantially behind in income. Please consider PAR. A call to the church office (613-824-2010) or an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org will facilitate any changes you wish to make. A pamphlet describing this programme and how to increase your gift on a regular basis is available. If you are already on PAR, please raise your monthly amount as you are able.
In the interest of saving the cost of an all parish mailing, we did not send out interim statements in August. If you would like your personal statement, to compare with your records or note how you may be behind in your financial support, please contact the church office at email@example.com
Did you know that we benefit from a Rewards Programme offered to churches at the Boston Pizza on Innes Road? 10% of your bill will be refunded to St. Helen’s! Simply note “St. Helen’s Anglican Church” on the back of your receipt after payment and put it in the designated box behind the front desk at the restaurant.
Sermon on the Amount Chapter 1:1
“Blessed are those who tithe, for they shall understand God’s generosity.”
‘Proof- texting’ the biblical basis for financial support of the church is easy. Not only do the Hebrew scriptures speak eloquently about wealth but Jesus frequently talked about money, including this verse: “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21) And we are all familiar with St. Paul’s encouragement to the Christians in Corinth, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing…”(2 Corinthians 9:7f)
The tithe under Mosaic law is specifically mentioned in the Books of Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The concept is simple. Give 1/10th of all your wealth to God, first. That simplicity has been challenged as people try to justify their reluctance…Does it mean before or after taxes, net or gross? The answer is ‘yes’. Oh, how we struggle with to whom our money belongs. And many would say that tithing is just the starting point! So perhaps you aren’t quite there yet, even if you add up all of your other charitable donations. God is patient with us in this area of our spiritual life, as well as every other, but the calling to think on these things is always there. Perhaps the following percentage giving chart will help in that regard:
|Annual Income||Monthly Income||3%||4%||5%||10%|
Sermon on the Amount Chapter 2:1
Our church budget is based on several factors: We have ‘given’ expenditures such as staff costs: COPS(Cost of Priestly Services, determined by the Diocese) and our independent contractors including our three music ministry positions and part-time Administrative Assistant. We also have utilities to pay, snow removal, and all of the associated costs around building maintenance(inside and out) and office requirements. As members of the Diocese of Ottawa we are notified of our “Fair Share” on a yearly basis and we budget for our desire to support our ministry and mission as a whole family, under our Strategic Plan(Worship, Discipleship, Stewardship, Outreach and Community). Oh, and we have substantial mortgage payments! Each year we plan the expenditures budget based on recent history as well as projections and special projects. Our budget for 2017 is $447,000. We do not have that amount; we have to raise it, primarily through our personal weekly or monthly offering to the church. As the year progresses, acknowledging that unexpected expenses surface, we determine the ongoing financial picture and discuss the same at each Parish Council meeting. When necessary we make adjustments, and cut corners, just as each of us does with home finances.
We do not encourage ‘gifts in kind’ for several reasons. Sometimes someone want to give something to the church ‘for free’ but wants a charitable receipt…this negatively affects how “Fair Share’ is calculated. Often a person thinks a gift would be wonderful, even if that opinion is not shared by others, or we have nowhere to store it or the upkeep of the gift will not be managed by the giver but by ‘someone with time’. Sometimes people want to give only to one or two parts of our total mission; let’s face it, paying the hydro bill isn’t particularly spiritually meaningful but if we don’t pay it, other programmes will not be able to function after daylight hours!
We are happy to accept special Memorial Offerings for items that are needed by the church(as confirmed by the Corporation) and which will assist us in our exercise of ministry. This can be a meaningful way to remember a loved one and provide support to the church at the same time. Please see sthelens.ca “Stewardship” for more information.
Three Kinds of Givers: Someone has said, there are three kinds of givers — the flint, the sponge and the honeycomb. To get anything out of a flint you must hammer it. And then you get only chips and sparks. To get water out of a sponge you must squeeze it, and the more you use pressure, the more you will get. But the honeycomb just overflows with its own sweetness. Which kind of giver are you?
Chairs of Stewardship: Peter Garrahan and Colin Taylor
Sound System Thank Offering
The audio part of the sound system has now been installed in Trinity Hall. Thanks be to God and thanks to Derek Reid, Glen McIntyre and PSL for work well done! It has been necessary to purchase a Windows 10 (64-bit) Tablet, Asus Transformer Mini with which to work the system. Its cost is outside the projected scope of the work so we invite you to make a thank offering for all or part of the $566. to cover this amount. You may offer it through Canada Helps, on our web site, or by cheque, payable to St. Helen’s, noting ‘Sound System.’
Financial Support of the Parish and In Memoriam
St. Helen’s parish life and mission is funded financially primarily through the generosity of our members. There are a variety of options to help you to make this important charitable donation regularly, including PAR (pre-authorized remittance), offering envelopes, Canada Helps, etc. Special gifts are another way to support ministry and provide for needed capital purchases. Throughout the year, flower donations towards Easter and Christmas, and other special occasions, are welcomed and loved ones are remembered in the bulletin, as appropriate. Offerings are also made for the ongoing work of ministry in the parish rather than simply for specific items.
Memorial donations, or “Commemorative Gifts” are often given to the church, to the glory of God and in honour of loved ones. At St. Helen’s, such gifts have included donations that have funded our prayer and hymn books, an Altar frontal, a special table, the stained glass windows, etc. Forms of recognition vary. Often the names of those who rest in peace are recorded on a label, a bookmark, or a small plaque. We are establishing an “In Memoriam” page on our web site as well and a ‘Wall of Remembrance’, or other designation may be a feature in our renovated Nave.
Rental Policy for Trinity Hall and Other Spaces within St. Helen’s
A draft of our new rental policy is being completed. Please be aware that there are costs involved, including rental fees, third person liability insurance, ‘key presence’, and professional cleaning costs for all major rental events. The building will not be available for any outside group for regular use on Saturday or Sundays as we need to retain our spaces for ministry and events. Once Trinity Hall is fully functional, with a sound system and television monitors, as well as tables etc, we will notify area businesses and government who might be interested in ‘corporate’ use of this kind of space.
Doors and Security
Please use the front door of the church to enter and exit the building. Do not exit casually out other doors as doing so will compromise security. Henderson is our new security system and the alarm is now in use. If you arrive at the same time as a key holder, please be helpful and try not to distract them from disarming or arming the system: If the system is triggered, the police will arrive and the cost is $140 per false alarm.
Thanks to all our counters who give generously of their time to this ministry. We thank them for their service! There are a few things that we can do to make their job just that much smoother:
If you have an envelope number, please make sure it is written on your envelope. This is especially true of special offering envelopes (ie. Christmas) where there is not always a designated spot to fill in. Please take a moment to write the amount of your donation on the front of your envelopes. If you are donating to a fund other than regular offerings, please indicate it clearly on the envelope. Please double check that the amount you write on the front of the envelope matches the amount of your donation. Many of the new plastic bills ($5s, $10s and $20s) tend to stick together. If you are including a post dated cheque, please mark postdated on your envelope. This includes any cheque dated later than the Sunday it is offered.
Thanks so much for your generosity!
How are You Offering Your Gifts?
All of us have been blessed by God with many gifts and they flourish as they are given away. We already have tools in place for financial gifts through St.Helen’s (offering envelopes, PAR, and gifts), but we have to be bolder offering the gift of ourselves.
Taxes and Donations
View Bob’s Powerpoint presentation to learn how giving can reduce your taxes.
Peter+’s Stewardship Homily Notes, Week 1
What does God want most for you? For us? Freedom – to be and to become the people God designed us to be. What is it that most prevents God’s design shining through? Fear – fear of trusting God. We are designed for freedom, not fear. How clearly does God’s design for your life shine through you?
Do you trust God? Do you trust money more? We need to become aware of how much we trust money to rescue us. Our addiction to money threatens our whole life.(Canadians spend an average of 140% of their income.) …
Pray your bank statement and ask God to speak to you through it. Where is God’s freedom being offered? What strikes you most about your finances?
We are journeying into God’s freedom…growing into God’s future.
Peter+’s Stewardship Homily Notes, Week 2
God’s love for us is amazing, and everything we do either reflects that love, and God shines through us, or tarnishes that love, and we are diminished.
For most people, money is the last barrier between the heart and God.
In which direction does your money flow? Inward or outward? Where is the balance for you?
God’s recipe for financial health:
- Live within your means
- Keep good records
- Plan your spending
- Return 10% to God
- Enjoy your freedom from fear.
Tools at St. Helen’s: envelopes, Pre Authorized Remittance, wills, capital campaign, life insurance, gift annuities, etc.
Generous financial stewardship not only frees us, it also works wonders for the Kingdom of God!
Next steps for me? Start giving a little more than you think you can afford (If your giving makes no difference in your life, then it is too little!).
‘Grateful’ and ‘unhappy’ are mutually exclusive.
We are called to mirror God’s grace and generosity to us.
How Much Should You Give?
Wonder how much you should be giving to the ministry of your church? Do you give $100 a month or $1200 a year? If you are giving $100 a month and your income is $1000 a month ($12,000. a year), then you are tithing at 10%. “Well done, good and faithful servant.” If you are giving $100 a month and your income is $3000 a month ($36,000. a year) then you are giving 3.3%. “Good”. If you are giving $100 a month and your income is $5000 a month ($60, 000 a year) then you are giving 2 %. “Well, then…” Next month…Do you give $100 a week?
Donations of Securities
Changes in income tax rules have made Donations of Securities to the church an attractive option. If this applies to you, please pick up the two page information package concerning the procedure for Donating Shares to Parishes available on the bulletin board. And thank you for enabling the ministry of the church in this way!