Joyful Generosity

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Why Should I Give?

Giving is a spiritual practice just like prayer or reading scripture. The Bible says it is God who gives us the strength, knowledge, and ability to earn a living. "But you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who is giving you power to make wealth, that He may confirm His covenant..." (Deuteronomy 8:18, NASB).

God has blessed us with everything we have for a reason. We need to recognize that God is our provider and that what we have doesn’t belong to us.

Visit TMUMC.ORG/give to learn ways to make a donation or tithe with Trietsch.

A 5-Day Guide to Prayerful Giving

Take the first steps to live simply and love generously by starting with prayer. Remember that the goal is to grow in relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow this 5-Day prayer guide to begin a conversation with God. WHAT IF you asked "God, where do you want me to be in my giving?"

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Today, think about your income and all that it represents—warm home, delicious food, effective education, purposeful car, comfortable furniture, family entertainment, and personal security. Thank God in prayer for what God has provided you. 

My income is $________ per ________ 

Today, think about Trietsch Memorial UMC and how your faith is enriched here. Think about the lives our church touches for children, youth, and adults. Think about our mission outreach and our wonderful worship experiences. Think about how our church leads people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Thank God in prayer for the ministry of Trietsch. 

My present offering is $________ per ________ 

Most of us can step up in our giving. What would it mean to increase your giving? Remember, God never asks us to do anything more than we can—simply our best. Thank God for offering the best thing—his Son. 

Today, think about what it would mean to tithe—literally give God the “first-fruit” of our income. Some feel that tithing means having 10% less. God says, “Put me to the test…see if I will not pour down for you an overflowing blessing.” Consider moving up to the tithe. Thank God for giving us an overflowing blessing in life. 

A tithe for me would be $________ per ________ 

Today, ask God for wisdom and guidance. Follow God’s lead, knowing that you want to offer a gift of thanks to God for an amazing life and a wonderful church that makes disciples for Jesus Christ. Thank God that you are a part of what God is doing through Trietsch Memorial UMC. 

My pledge for the upcoming year will be $________ per ________

Financial Planning

What if you could have hope for your life, including your finances? We believe that taking control of your finances can free you to be more generous with the gifts God has given you. We want to help give you a plan and hope so you can experience financial wellbeing.

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What If...

Generosity is truly more pleasant and life-giving than we may imagine. And it's truly simpler than we may realize. Here is what it looks like: live gratefully, spend wisely, give generously.

When we discover how to be thankful in all circumstances we can begin the journey toward true generosity. What if…?

“...Jesus turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I entered your home, you didn’t give me water for my feet, but she wet my feet with tears and wiped them with her hair. You didn’t greet me with a kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing my feet since I came in. You didn’t anoint my head with oil, but she has poured perfumed oil on my feet. This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven; so she has shown great love. The one who is forgiven little loves little.” Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” The other table guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this person that even forgives sins?” Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."" - Luke 7:36-50 (CEB)

When we learn how to spend wisely we can become more generous. What if…?

 “Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus said to him, “Man, who appointed me as judge or referee between you and your brother?” Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourself against all kinds of greed. After all, one’s life isn’t determined by one’s possessions, even when someone is very wealthy.” Then he told them a parable: “A certain rich man’s land produced a bountiful crop. He said to himself, What will I do? I have no place to store my harvest! Then he thought, Here’s what I’ll do. I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones. That’s where I’ll store all my grain and goods. I’ll say to myself, You have stored up plenty of goods, enough for several years. Take it easy! Eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. But God said to him, ‘Fool, tonight you will die. Now who will get the things you have prepared for yourself?’ This is the way it will be for those who hoard things for themselves and aren’t rich toward God.” - Luke 12:13-21

When we discover that life truly is a gift, generosity becomes natural and easy. What if…?

“Looking up, Jesus saw rich people throwing their gifts into the collection box for the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow throw in two small copper coins worth a penny. He said, “I assure you that this poor widow has put in more than them all. All of them are giving out of their spare change. But she from her hopeless poverty has given everything she had to live on." - Luke 21:1-4 (CEB)

What is tithing?

There is a difference between a tithe and an offering.

  • Tithe: 10% of the “first fruit.” This means it’s off the top! The tithe comes before all other bills and payments.
    All tithes from the land, whether the seed from the ground or the fruit from the tree, are the Lord’s; they are holy to the Lord. If persons wish to redeem any of their tithes, they must add one-fifth to them. All tithes of herd and flock, every tenth one that passes under the shepherd’s staff, shall be holy to the Lord.” - Leviticus 27:30-32 (NRSV)
  • Offering: Extra giving to God above and beyond the tithe.
    bringing there your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and your donations, your votive gifts, your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and flocks.” - Deuteronomy 12:6 (NRSV)

Why is tithing important?

  1. It gives God control of our lives
  2. It opens our lives to the blessings of God
  3. It shares grace with others

We understand that immediately starting with a 10% tithe can feel impossible. Take baby steps and be in prayer. Talk to God about living generously and ask God to open your heart to the good that comes from giving and gratitude.

Start with 2%

Set a proportion of income giving. Start with 2% of your income and then set a goal to increase your giving by 2% every 6 months until you reach a tithe.

Make a Pledge

Living simply can transform to loving generously, and generosity through Trietsch is having an impact on people’s lives. Click the below link to access extra resources to help you grow in your generosity, and fill out your Estimate of Giving to make a financial commitment to this church community.

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