It is mid-October as I write this article for the November Voice. Right now we are kicking off the annual giving campaign, planning the town hall meeting and collecting preliminary 2015 budget information.
It is an exciting time of the year for the Stewardship Committee, but also, to be very honest, a bit of a nerve racking time. “Will pledges be enough to support the programs, activities and running of PCM? Did the town hall meetings help people understand PCM’s budget, that everyone’s giving is important and matters?” are just two of the questions that rattle through my head. But then the calm, practical and faithful brain takes over and reminds me that PCM is a faithful community that believes in and supports our church and its missions.
And giving really does get down to balancing the two sides doesn’t it? The practical and the faithful. The practical asks, “Can our personal budget support this? Can it support a 5%
increase in giving?” While the faithful side says we are called to give and support the church, ideally up to a 10% tithe.
One giving option members may not be aware of is the gifting of appreciated investment assets, like stock. PCM does have a TD Ameritrade account set-up to receive these types of gifts. Assets are sold and the proceeds go to PCM. For some this can be a tax savings since you are gifting the shares, not selling them and paying taxes on the gain. (Remember that each person’s situation is unique and you should consult with your own tax advisor to assess your personal situation, tax implications, etc.)
Please take that faithful look at your budget and consider how you can make a pledge or
increase your giving to PCM.