Each November, members of Ascension are asked to submit a financial pledge for the following year. Part of what makes it possible for Ascension to be a faithful Christian community is the consistent pledging and subsequent giving of our members and friends. A financial pledge encourages individuals and families to be intentional about giving. A pledge also helps those people in our church family who are appointed to oversee financial matters to craft a responsible budget for the upcoming year. Online pledges can be made by using the link available below.
Tithing and Financial Stewardship
We give our time and talents back to God. We also give our treasure to God. In the Bible, the “tithe” or first ten-percent of our income is the basic standard of giving. We give both to support the things God is doing in the world and also for the health of our souls. Billy Graham said, “If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every area of his life.” Actually, giving is the wrong word. It’s stewarding. A steward is someone who is responsible for watching over someone’s property in their absence–like a house sitter. God makes us stewards of all the things he has given us or loaned us–‘our’ finances, ‘our’ bodies, ‘our’ skills. So the question becomes not, how much of my money will I give back to God? The question becomes, how much of God’s money do I need to keep for myself and my family?
What money is used for at Ascension
When it comes to the practicalities of stewarding and giving, we encourage visitors not to give financially to Ascension. But for those who have made Ascension their home we encourage them to give generously. That giving ends up in Pittsburgh and all around the world. It supports the day-to-day operations of the church but it also goes to support missionaries around the world and ministries that help the poor in Pittsburgh. Both in Pittsburgh and around the world–everything we do is aimed to give away the faith that we have so freely been given.
Offering envelopes and electronic giving options
If you would like to receive offering envelopes, or if you would like to give through an automatic withdrawal program, please contact the bookkeeper. No matter how you give, you will get a year end tax receipt. To learn more about online giving options, click here.