You Philippians indeed know that in the early days of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you alone. For even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me help for my needs more than once. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that accumulates to your account. I have been paid in full and have more than enough; I am fully satisfied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:15-19
Stewardship means more than giving money, it includes giving time and talents in service to the church. When we think of being good stewards, we may think that God is asking too much of us when He calls us to generously share our time, talent and treasure. However, we must remember that we are not "owners" of anything, we are merely "stewards" of the gifts God has given us. All He is asking is that we give back a small portion of what He has already given to us.
The financial status of Central Baptist Church is crucial if we are to continue our many worthwhile ministries, both local and worldwide. Working with the Board of Trustees, the Stewardship Committee oversees this program.
If you haven't already made a pledge for 2017, it's not too late!
Please send checks to:
P.O. Box 95
Westfield, MA 10186
or bring it with you to worship and put it in the offering plate.
Remember credit and debit card donations are always welcome and needed! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to process.
End of Year Giving
At Christmas, we celebrate and emulate Gods generous and loving pattern by enjoying the tradition of giving to friends and family. In addition, many use the occasion to offer extra gifts to the Lords work.
The following is some important information as you consider your giving plans for December 2016:
Throughout the year you have read about the need of the Deacons/Pastors Discretionary Fund. This is an aspect of our church’s ministry that we do not advertise or speak of very often. It does have a large impact on the lives of individuals both within and outside our church family. It becomes a mission or outreach of the congregation. There are other needs in our church where you may want to make a year-end donation. You might consider Future Ministries Fund or Church Building Fund or some other ministry or mission where we find expression of Gods’ love. The place with the most impact is our Current Expenses, which is used for salaries, supplies, equipment, curriculum, utilities, and many other financial needs we must meet as we function in our church life. Any of these mentioned budget areas are worthy of your financial gift. If you find a tax advantage in giving a charitable gift, this end-of-year opportunity may be an ideal vehicle for your generosity. Charitable contributions for 2017 need to be received by the church before the end of the year. It might be wise to include a short note with the check. If you want more information, please contact Bill Stewart, (Financial Secretary) or Helena Mochak, (Treasurer). Please make checks Payable to Central Baptist Church with a note on the memo line that indicates the ministry you wish to fund. To mail it, address it to Central Baptist Church PO Box 95 Westfield, MA 01086
Thank you for your continuing commitment to God and our church!