Liberty Family and Friends:
First, let us Thank You for your commitment to Liberty! Your pledge and commitment of time and resources at Liberty Presbyterian Church has truly Brightened the Light for our church family. Whether you are new to Liberty or have been a part of our church for years, you have witnessed the commitment of Liberty to Brighten the Light.
In the same way that Jesus is the light of the world, He asks us to let our light shine before others. We can think of no greater way to do that than to continue to Brighten the Light at Liberty — shining God’s light through our church, youth and missions. Liberty has some pretty amazing ways that we Brighten the Light for others:
- Providing medical care to hundreds through Heart to Honduras
- Building homes in Delaware County through our relationship with Habitat for Humanity
- Partnering with our El Olvido sister church to improve water quality and access
- Providing Adult Discipleship classes for our ever growing congregation so our members can to continue to grow in their faith
- Offering our infamous Vacation Bible School, where we always have a waiting list
- Sponsoring the youth mission trip which has painted homes, landscaped and served people in need
- Funding the Pickle Jar which addresses the immediate needs of those in Delaware County
These are just a few ways financial commitment has Brightened the Light at Liberty. This year we are asking you to help Brighten the Light by pledging to Liberty. If you are new to pledging, think about it like your electricity — just as you budget for your electric bill to power your house, in the same way we ask you to budget your stewardship to power God’s light at Liberty. Through our common financial commitment, together we will enable Liberty to reach more individuals with the unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
We know what we commit and budget we do. Please prayerfully consider your pledge for this year: How much can you Brighten the Light in 2017?
Jonathan and Jennifer Dove
2017 Stewardship Chairs
What a blessing it is to be a member of Liberty Presbyterian Church. It is a congregation of believers, true, but more importantly, it is a congregation of loving friends who pull together to support and nurture each other. In times of stress, or times of joy, Liberty friends are the best kind to have.
As we do every year at Liberty, we are working on our program plan and budget for the following year. A major part of that plan, of course, is to forecast what our income from member giving will be.
Pledging is easy. You can download a 2017 pledge card here. Please return the pledge card to the Church Office, addressed to Dana Meeker, our Financial Administrator, your pledge will be recorded and acknowledged. Or you can pledge online by clicking here, or you can send a confidential email to [email protected]. Whichever you choose, your pledge remains confidential.
We thank you again for your pledge and support for Liberty.
Philosophy of Stewardship
- We believe that we worship God in all that we do, including the way we handle our money.
- We believe that God has been amazingly generous to us — when we are generous with our money, we are swimming right in the middle of the stream of God’s grace.
- We believe in “carrying our blessings lightly”, that God blesses us so that we can bless others through our giving.
- We believe in giving proportionately, with the goal of giving 10% to gospel-supporting causes.
- We believe that supporting Liberty Church financially is a sound investment, because “lives are being changed at Liberty”.
- We believe that we cannot out-give God.
- We believe the fundamental shape of the Christian life is thankfulness.
- We believe “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.
- We believe our largest annual contribution should be to our local church.
- We believe in “disciplined generosity”, that our giving should be determined prayerfully, purposefully and in advance.
- We are challenged by how often Jesus pointed to financial stewardship as a measure of our spiritual commitment.
- It is a joyful challenge for our giving to keep pace with the work of God’s Spirit in and through Liberty Church.
- The Session is committed to financial transparency, specifically through making available to all members a monthly summary of income and expenditures.
Recent Stewardship Sermons
For our family, stewardship is an essential step in our faith journey. Like a lot of folks like us — we are busy working people with two elementary school-age — our intentions are good, but the craziness of daily life can sometimes interfere with our commitment to Christ. Over the last year, we have made a concerted effort to eliminate the static that holds us back. We decided that our commitment must be twofold: (1) to give more of our time to the church; and (2) to set aside weekly offering on a consistent basis.
Since we have young children, we have gotten involved with Liberty’s church school and youth activities. We feel that these commitments are not only meaningful to us, but also to our children. As author, Jill Rigby, writes: “It is difficult to raise unselfish children in a self-absorbed world.” Volunteering shows our children, by example, how to be “others-centered” as opposed to being “self-centered.”
In terms of the financial component of our stewardship, we decided the real way to commit was to have an automatic deduction taken from our bank account. We found this was necessary because we would get to church without our checkbook or without cash. Again, the will was there, but the practical was getting in the way. The need for this type of steady commitment is important since a church relies on offerings, which can be unpredictable, which makes it difficult for the Session to budget, which makes it hard to plan for growth. And we want Liberty to be a place of growth, and we feel being steadfast in our stewardship is one way we can help.