Whether you give periodically or have pledged for the year, your support is essential to the work we do at Southminster.
As you may be aware, we do not receive the full benefit of your donation when you pay by credit card due to credit card processing fees. We understand that using a credit card is convenient, but we encourage you to ask your bank about automated bill pay. Most banks offer this service now free of charge.
To learn about how you can set up automatic payments through your bank, contact your bank or select one of the resources below:
Why should you make a pledge? Most members of Southminster believe we are all on a spiritual quest or journey, one with an exalted purpose or one of moral significance. A quest is sometimes referred to as a pilgrimage. Our Stewardship theme for 2019 is “Pilgrimage to Our Future.” Your pledge helps members of Southminster and the people we touch progress on a pilgrimage. Your pledge also maintains our “base camp” for people wherever they are on their journey.
As you consider your pledge for 2019, please take a moment to reflect on the value of our church community to you, your family and what it could be to our surrounding community.
As Presbyterians, we can be proud of the many things that the greater church does. Some examples include: supporting new church growth, providing resources for congregations, sponsoring camping programs for children and adults, and training persons to become Ministers of the Word. The local presbytery also coordinates group purchases of insurance, employee benefits and other services that reduce our costs and save us time.
As a member in the national Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA), Southminster pays per capita dues for each member on the rolls of our church to support the administrative, legislative and judicial functions of the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly.
The per capita payment for 2019 is $35.50 for each member of the church.
We participate in four special offerings each year. These four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are a collective witness to Jesus Christ’s love for the whole church. One Great Hour of Sharing, Pentecost Offering, Peace & Global Witness Offering, and Christmas Joy Offering play an important role in defining what it means to be a connectional church. Over the years these offerings have provided ways for individuals and congregations to join together with each other and in partnership with other Christians in responding to a variety of concerns.
One Great Hour of Sharing A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, providing food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed.
Pentecost A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children.
Peace & Global Witness A gift to the Peace & Global Witness Offering enables the church to promote the Peace of Christ by addressing systems of injustice across the world. The Presbyterian Mission Agency advocates for peace and justice in cultures of violence, including our own, through collaborative projects of education and Christian witness.
Christmas Joy Each year during the Advent and Christmas season, we turn our eyes to Bethlehem and celebrate the wondrous gift of Jesus Christ, our Savior. By giving to the Christmas Joy Offering, you honor this gift by providing assistance to current and retired church workers in their time of need and developing our future leaders at Presbyterian-related schools and colleges equipping communities of color.
Your gifts, both now and after your lifetime can make your church home stronger and more responsive to the needs of generations to come. And a memorial gift or bequest enables the Southminster community to remember you or someone you love.