Grace Church :: Giving

Giving at Grace

“All things come from you, O God, and of your own have we given you.”
I Chronicles 29:14

These verses from the Hebrew Scriptures remind us that our entire lives are gifts from God—gifts that are meant to be used in attunement with God’s dream for the reconciliation of the whole world. As members of this spiritual community, we come with different gifts and strengths—and one common ministry to share in God’s mission for health and wholeness. Our gifts to the parish, therefore, are not gifts to some separate institution called “the Church;” rather, they are the ways we share in God’s dream, as members of the Body of Christ.

Throughout the history of the Church—and prior in the lives of the Hebrew people—our sacred texts have held the tithe as the standard or model of what it means to have a life grounded in the proper priorities of God’s grace and mission. We recognize that every life is different, and that not every person can—or should—give 10% of their income. Life circumstances and the needs of our families are priorities of our hearts. While some cannot give the tithe, some can and do give more. What matters most is that we all recognize our dependence upon one another and our connection as the Body of Christ. What matters most is that we understand our rootedness in God.

We give sacrificially, and we participate gratefully in God’s mission for this world.

Annual Stewardship Campaign for the Operating Budget

Each year, the parish community makes a commitment to live into God’s call for our lives, and we embody this participation in our operating budget. The entire budget is a comprehensive image of life and ministry at Grace. There is no “overhead” costs; rather, each part embodies aspects of our common ministry, whether it be electric costs, staff support, community partnerships, or liturgical prayer.

As a member of the parish—or a friend in the community—we each take our place alongside each other to pledge our commitment to God, to one another, and to our own spiritual growth.

For 2019, our Stewardship Theme is Deepening Roots; Deepening Faith. This image embodies our hope to always delve more deeply into our awareness of God’s presence in our lives, trusting that the Spirit of Christ fills us with compassion and hope.

Planned Giving and Endowment

Our annual Stewardship support of the Operating Budget is not the only way to share in the life of the parish community. A gift to the Endowment funds at Grace is a way to see yourself making, in effect, a pledge to the community in prosperity. It is a legacy gift that makes clear your commitment to God’s mission in this community.

There are several ways to share in the Planned Giving and Endowment process at Grace Episcopal Church, and we invite you to contact Reba Page, Parish Administrator, with questions.

Bicentennial Campaign

Grace Church is anticipating the beginning our third century of shared ministry in the Gainesville/Hall County/Northeast Georgia area. For almost two centuries, committed Episcopalians have gathered here to share in prayer and community support. We continue to gather for Holy Eucharist, celebrate Holy Baptism, and look for ways we can share in God’s hopeful dream for the world.

Our Bicentennial Campaign theme is A Future of Grace: Living as a Community of Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging. This image invites our hearts to wonder how, as followers of Jesus Christ, the way we pray together shapes the way we love one another and invite others into that loving fellowship of hope and compassion.

Memorial Gifts, Flower Contributions, or Special Gifts

It is common at the time of a funeral that folks in the community offer a gift to the parish for the further support and development of the physical campus as well as various ministries in the community. As a spiritual community, we have a comprehensive approach to understanding our shared ministry. The upkeep of the physical campus allows us to support and nurture the ministries within the community as well as our liturgy and worship—the sacramental heart of our identity as a Christian community.

Gifts of Altar Flowers can be given at any time, and a recognition will be included in the Sunday bulletin.