Frequently Asked Questions about Pledging, Giving and Serving at the ECC
From a Heart of Gratitude…
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. – I Thessalonians 5:16-18
Now you are the body of Christ, and individually members of it. – I Corinthians 12:27
Thank you for spending some time with this information, and for prayerfully considering a pledge to Church of the Cross for 2022 of our time, talent, and treasure. We are grateful for one another’s faithfulness!
Below are some responses to questions people often have about pledging, giving, and serving at the ECC. If you have further questions, please feel free to be in touch at 512-695-2803 or [email protected].
What is a pledge?
Who sees my pledge?
How can I give financially?
Can I give without pledging?
Are there guidelines for making a financial pledge?
The amount we pledge is between us, God, and our households; and it will be different for each one of us. What we ask of one another is simply faithfulness in sharing what God has given us. And the place we begin is gratitude, in thankfulness for what God is doing in our lives. As the mystic Meister Eckhart said, "If the only prayer we said in our whole life was 'thank you,' that would suffice."
When it comes to discerning the specific amount of our financial pledge, we first go to God with the question; and then, we talk about it within our households. As always, God will guide us in this decision, and will not lead us astray. And we, the Church of the Cross, celebrate every offering.
If one is looking for more tangible guidance, consider this: Two good signs we are giving as God would intend are that we feel that we’ve stretched just a little bit, and that we are able to give what we give joyfully. Giving is a grace and blessing and joy. Giving is intended to lift us up, and is something to celebrate. So a good question to consider is this: What level of giving invites me to stretch and trust God a little more, and is such that I can give with a joyful, cheerful, and grateful heart?
How can I give of my time and talents?
The Church is the Body of Christ, and we are “all individually members of it.” (I Corinthians 12:7) Every person’s ministry and service helps us to be a whole people and to enjoy the common life God intends for us. There are many ways to share our time and talent with Church of the Cross, a few of which are:
- On Sunday morning as part of a set-up team; on the altar guild; as a greeter and host; as a reader and prayer leader; by providing refreshments for after worship; by providing bread for communion.
- In children’s ministry by being a regular helper with Children’s Chapel.
- In service by making a trip on the Mobile Loaves and Fishes truck, or helping at a Partners in Hope Workday, or at El Buen Samaritano Hands of Hope (Saturday, November 20).
- In study and fellowship, by participating in or leading a Bible Study or other study group; or hosting a Fellowship Dinner.
There are lots of ways to help us have a common life. Please see the pledge card for ways to share our time and talents.
How can I make my commitment of time, talent, and treasure?
Can I make my financial offering online?
Thank you for your faithful and prayerful consideration of your commitment to Church of the Cross in 2022. We are grateful for you, and one another!
Almighty God, whose loving hand has given us all that we possess: Grant us grace that we may honor you with our substance, and, remembering the account which we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- the Collect for the Right Use of God’s Gifts from the Book of Common Prayer
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and grant you peace.
- Numbers 6:24-26