Dear Friends of LOPC,
What life do you think we have to offer the world around us as followers of Jesus Christ? In his epic prophetic vision we call the book of Revelation, John speaks of a tree in the heavenly city come to earth at the end of all things which will produce fruit in abundance for all people and leaves which heal the nations. Rather than sit back and wait for this type of vision to be made manifest one day, I believe this vision encourages us to take action now in light of what will one day be. Isn’t that the real force of faith in the present day? We choose to heal and restore now in a world that will one day be healed and restored by God.
And so, this Stewardship season, we’re thinking of the gifts we offer – talent, treasure, time – as leaves of a tree that are the for the healing of the nations. In worship we’ll have the opportunity to write on colored leaves what difference we hope to make in the world this year with our offerings of these three gifts, and those brightly colored leaves will be displayed on trees in the front of the sanctuary to remind us during this important season that what we have is enough, what we offer to God will change lives, and what we leave behind that matters most is love and charity.
I commend this brochure to you as a means to become better informed about our ministry this coming year. Prayerfully consider what gifts you and your family want to offer through our shared ministry, and rejoice that you are part of a church family that needs your gifts in order to be faithful in service to the Risen Christ.
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, print, 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.