To tithe is not community service. It is actually a form of worship. In our world where we often try to control everything in our lives, tithing is crucial and important. Tithing is a way we can say that we are dependent on God and know that the good things we have are blessings from Him. Since the founding of our parish the biblical principle of a 10% tithe has been taught as a beginning expression of gratitude. This is accompanied with the understanding that the rest is the Lord’s too and we need to seek the Lord as to how He would have us steward it. As a demonstration of the strength of their faith many of our parishioners currently tithe while others are still prayerfully moving towards this goal. Many who have traveled this faith journey can attest to how it has changed their lives and how God has continually provided for their needs.
The generous financial support provided by our parishioners makes it possible for us to maintain our focus on formation issues, providing opportunities for everyone, young and old alike, to draw into a deeper personal relationship with the Lord rather than spend a lot of time worrying and discussing financial issues. Finances are only discussed once a year during Stewardship renewal weekend. We don’t take up second collections and we don’t participate in fundraisers or festivals. Yet we still are in a position to tithe over 10% of our income annually to a variety of worthy causes, to participate in many focused mission outreach programs, and operate all our programs at little or no fee.