Three parishioners gave powerful and heartfelt reflections on why they give to Incarnation. Click below for video highlights and full transcripts.

Robert Tobely Stewardship Talk

Callie Goodrich Stewardship Talk

Meredith Huveneers


Financial stewardship is a necessary part of a balanced spiritual life. Like any spiritual discipline, it is meant to knit us more closely to God, to turn our hearts, to change our lives, indeed to transform our very selves. When we pledge a portion of our income to the church, we are making a conscious choice about spending our money in ways that reflect our faith and values. Pledging is a matter of saying, “Yes Lord, I will do this.” Then it becomes a matter of following through. “Yes Lord, I do make this offering.” As each of us gives, we reap the benefits of generosity and faith. To put it simply, we grow closer to God.

From a practical standpoint, pledges are necessary for the church to prepare a budget. A pledge is not a moral or legal obligation. It is simply an estimate of giving; a statement of intent about how much money you plan to give to Incarnation over a specific calendar year. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry to plan wisely for the use of our resources in support of the work God has called us to do. While open plate offerings and other sources of income are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish together.

When considering how much to pledge, it may be helpful to think of the many reasons people give:

  • I give because I am supposed to give. — a sense of duty
  • I give to pay my own way. — a sense of fairness
  • I give to return a portion of my blessings and express my love for God. — a sense of gratitude
  • I give to keep church ministries free and available to all. — a sense of generosity

Taken together, these visions of stewardship create a spectrum. There is no secret as to how you move along this progression. However, when you push yourself to another level, you will find your faithfulness expanding as well. No matter how big or small your pledge, please know that every pledge makes a difference – in the life of the giver and in the life of the church.

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