What Is Stewardship?
Stewardship is about making choices, as individuals and in community. It is more than giving money to the church. Stewardship is about being faithful disciples, caring for and managing all that God has given us. Stewardship is not just one part of Christian discipleship; it involves every aspect of life in all the stages of life.
Stewardship is the grateful response to God’s grace and goodness. It requires a consideration of how our choices affect us and others, of how we can be good caretakers of the created world, and of how we can best serve God as disciples of Christ. So, what is Stewardship? Stewardship is everything you do after you say yes to Jesus Christ!
On Sunday, November 19, Celebration Sunday, each of us will have the opportunity to make our financial commitment to Tustin Presbyterian Church for 2018. We have the opportunity to reflect on God’s blessings of the past year, to think about how our church can continue to support the members of our congregation and how we can reach out to the residents of our community and help the underprivileged and underserved.
So why is this event so important? The answer is simple. Once the pledge cards are collected and tabulated, the results will be given to the Finance Committee. They will then develop the 2018 budget for the church and, in so doing, will identify the programs we will be able to support over the next twelve months.
You will soon receive your pledge card in the mail. Please carefully reflect on your ability to provide the financial support it will take for the church to have another successful year. After completing the pledge card, bring it with you to worship on November 19. As a part of our worship service that day, everyone will have the opportunity to come forward to the communion table and formally dedicate their 2018 financial commitment, giving thanks to God for all the wonderful blessings that come with being a part of Tustin Presbyterian Church.
For many, the end of the year is a time to express thanks for blessings received and to plan for the future. As you contemplate your gifts to the church in this and future years, consider how you can give most effectively, in order to maximize resources for the church as well as tax savings for you. Federal and state tax laws make it possible to bypass income, gift, estate and capital gains taxes on gifts made for charitable purposes. Here are five tips to help you make the most of your year-end giving:
• Talk to your advisor.
Before making any significant gift, you should have your CPA, attorney, or other advisor help you understand the impact of your gift on your income tax return and your estate.
• Do your giving early.
This is especially true if you want to make a gift of non-cash assets (stock, real estate, etc.). It also applies to life-income gifts (gift annuities, trust arrangements, etc.).
• Calculate your income.
Take the time to do some planning while you still have the opportunity to make a year‑end gift. Try to get a handle on your tax liability for the year. Did your unearned income increase? Did you sell any appreciated assets? Will you owe more taxes? This alone may motivate you to increase your giving before the end of the year.
• Review your stocks.
Which stocks held for more than one year have appreciated the most? It may be prudent for you to make your year-end gift using one or more of these stocks. Here's why: If you sell the stock, you will incur capital gains tax on the appreciation, but, if you gift the stock, you get a charitable deduction for the full amount of the stock. If you can't use all of the income tax charitable deduction resulting from the gift, you can carry it forward for up to an additional five years. Such gifts are deductible up to 30 percent of your adjusted gross income.
• Consider a life-income gift.
The Presbyterian Church offers a variety of life-income plans to fit your needs. You can make a gift plan now, obtain tax benefits, and receive income for the rest of your life.
• Direct gift from your IRA.
If you are 70-1/2 years old or older, consider a gift directly from your IRA to the church. A gift of up to $100,000 will qualify for your minimum required distribution, but will not be taxable to you nor be reportable as a deduction.
2017 Offering Envelopes
Offering envelopes for 2017 are now available. Look for the push cart in the patio after the Sunday morning worship services to find your box. You can also pick up your envelopes in the church office during the week. Please call the church office at (714)544-7070 if you need for us to send the envelopes to you by mail. Your gifts serve God's work. Thank you for your continuous support.
Volunteer Opportunities at TPC!
Volunteer to Be a Sound Technician
Being a Sound Technician is an easy but important way to serve the church. All you have to do is commit to one Sunday per month. (We will work around your vacations, etc.) We will provide the training and let you be a co-pilot before you fly solo. If you are interested in being a TPC Sound Technician or for more information, please contact the church office and someone will get back to you.
Volunteer to Be an Usher
If you like to smile, meet new people or say good morning to old friends, ushering may be the job for you! TPC is looking for volunteers to be ushers for Sunday morning worship services. If you would like to volunteer to be an usher, please contact our head usher, Jere Murphy, by telephone at (714)639-6967, or you can email him at email@example.com.
Volunteer to Make and Serve Coffee
It's fun and easy to be a coffee server at TPC. Coffee servers serve about once a quarter. You need to arrive about thirty minutes before the service, bring a couple of containers of juice, make the coffee, serve the coffee and juice after the service, and then clean up. (If you wish, we will reimburse you for the juice.) This is a great way to meet and greet people. It works best with a partner. If you don't have a partner, we will match you with someone. Don't know how to make coffee? Don't worry! We will train you and assist until you feel comfortable. If you wish to volunteer, please contact Sue Currie by telephone at (714)669-5435 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Session has seven standing committees that welcome and need new members: Christian Education, Fellowship & Outreach, Finance, Mission, Property, Stewardship and Worship. Each requires only a few hours a month. Please consider whether God is calling you to serve TPC in this way. If you are interested in being a committee member or for more information, please contact the church office and someone will get back to you.
Worship Service Greeters
We are looking for Greeters for Sunday mornings. The Greeter is usually the first person people meet when they come to Worship. Greeters arrive about 9:00 a.m. to greet at the front door. This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome people — visitors and members — to worship at TPC! Please stop by the Fellowship Committee Table in the patio after the worship to sign up to be a Greeter.
Something to "Stew" On
We live in a world where the gap between scarcity and abundance grows wider every day. Whether at the level of nations or neighborhoods, this widening gap is polarizing people, making each camp more and more suspicious and antagonistic toward the other. But the peculiar thing, at least from a biblical perspective, is that the rich - the ones with the abundance - rely on an ideology of scarcity, while the poor – the ones who are suffering from scarcity – rely on an ideology of abundance. How can that be? The issue involves whether there is enough to go around – enough food, water, shelter, space. An ideology of scarcity says no, there’s not enough, so hold onto what you have. In fact, don’t just hold onto it, hoard it. Put aside more than you need, so that if you do need it, it will be there, even if others must do without. An affirmation of abundance says just the opposite: Appearances notwithstanding, there is enough to go around, so long as each of us takes only what we need. In fact, if we are willing to have but not hoard, there will even be more than enough left over. The Bible is about abundance.
From “Enough Is Enough” by Walter Brueggemann
2017 Per Capita
Every Little Bit Helps!
Each year each congregation pays the Presbytery a modest sum per member. This "per capita" payment helps with the administrative costs of Presbytery, Synod, and General Assembly. For 2017, the amount per member is $28.35, a total of $6,662.25 for TPC. We ask that all active members contribute this amount at the beginning of the new year. Those with offering envelopes have a "per capita" envelope in the front of their boxes. Because TPC will pay this full amount, when you pay your per capita, you are making those funds available to the General Mission of TPC. Thank you for your generosity.
We all support the current ministry of TPC by giving of our time, talents and treasure. But, how can we contribute in ways that ensure the future of TPC? One way is by a gift to the Endowment Fund. Gifts to the Endowment Fund are not used for current expenses. Rather, they are invested and the income is used as designated by the donor. If there is no designation, then the session determines how to use the income.
The Endowment Fund Committee is responsible for managing the Endowment Fund and for supervising the disbursement of income from the fund. All gifts to the Endowment Fund are invested; the principal remains in the fund in perpetuity, and the income is distributed annually.
Gifts to the Endowment Fund may be made at any time. Frequently, such gifts take the form of bequests under the will or trust of deceased members. However, not all gifts upon death are deposited in the Endowment Fund, only those that are specifically designated as a gift to the Endowment Fund. Gifts to "TPC" are used and applied as the Session deems best. They may be used for current expenses, to balance the budget or for special projects. Gifts to "the Endowment Fund of TPC" are placed in the Endowment Fund and are not available to pay current expenses. The donor may designate that his/her gift be used for a particular purpose (e.g., mission or Christian Education) or may leave it to the Session to decide where it will do the most good. Annually, the income on the gift is determined and that amount is available to be spent.
The principal responsibilities of the Endowment Fund Committee are to manage the Endowment Fund and to supervise the disbursement of income from the fund. All gifts to the Endowment Fund are invested; the principal remains in the fund in perpetuity and the income is distributed annually. The members of the Endowment Fund Committee are Sue Currie, Janette Ditkowsky, Bill Groves, Gerry Herter and David Young. Talk to any member of the Endowment Fund Committee to learn how you can contribute to the Endowment Fund.
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