Dear Friends of LOPC,
Where would you go to determine your level of wealth? I suppose most of us would run to the bank, check the stock market or look up real estate values. That’s where our wealth is, right? In a rather shocking bit of writing the Apostle Paul described a group of believers in Greece who, despite not having much on their balance sheets, were wealthy.
What made them wealthy? Generosity. Come to think of it, we all know this to be true, don’t we? The true wealth we possess is not what we keep in storage, but the lives of family, friends and strangers who are blessed by the gifts we give.
Christians are the kind of people whose lives are built on the principle of stewardship. All we have, and all we are, is a gift of love from our creator God for which we are responsible caretakers. What we keep supports us in life, but what we give is the portion that God calls forth from us for the healing of the world. As Marcus Aurelius observed so long ago, “The only wealth which you will keep forever is the wealth you have given away.”
We are a community of faith that believes in the call, whatever our individual circumstances, to “overflow in a wealth of generosity.” Your giving keeps this church moving forward in service to many, and an annual pledge that honors God from your substance allows us to plan and direct our ministry to the greatest and most efficient good.
Please take some time to review the materials in this brochure, pray over what level of giving God is leading you and your family to offer, reflect on all the blessings you have received, and plan to return your Estimate of Giving card in worship on November 4.
Factors to Consider When Giving
REFLECT on the gifts God has entrusted you with, and for which you are grateful. This is a powerful exercise to do with a spouse or family!
IDENTIFY the charitable causes that you plan on supporting this coming year, and rank them according to how important they are to you and your family.
ESTIMATE family income for the coming year and then write down the percentage of that amount you want to deploy to the church and other charities.
PRAY over it, asking, “God, is this what you want me (us) to give this coming year?”
COMPLETE the pledge card and know how much your gift is appreciated, and will be put to good use through LOPC!
How do I pledge?
Download and fill out your pledge card, and, hopefully, bring to worship with you on November 4. If you cannot make it that day, please feel free to mail it to the church at your convenience, or drop it by the front desk in the Ministry Center!
How do I pay my pledge?
You can elect to pay by check, cash, credit card, ACH debits, and even stock transfers. When and how you pay is up to you – whatever best suits your circumstance. If you need to adjust your pledge during the year for any reason, contact Lidia Jesionek, the LOPC Accountant, at (925) 283-8722, x229, or lidia@LOPC.org.
When do I send in my pledge payments?
You can choose to pledge a certain amount for the year and pay your pledge every week, once a month, or quarterly. You also have the option of paying the full amount at any time.
What if I’m not ready to pledge right now?
As always, how, when and what you choose to give through LOPC is up to you, your family and God! All we ask is that you consider making whatever commitment you can now, since that helps us put together a workable and fiscally prudent budget for the coming year. You can always raise or lower it at your discretion.
Will I receive pledge envelopes?
If you indicate on your pledge card, we’ll order up a set of envelopes you can use to make your gifts.