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.
2021 Financial Stewardship
Pledge Cards were mailed to members and friends of Ascension in late fall. We are invited prayerfully to consider how much to give back to God from all he has entrusted to us for his work here at Ascension. Pledge cards may be mailed back to church or brought back to church on Sundays and put in the offering plate. Additionally, an electronic version of the card may be submitted by filling out the form available HERE. All pledges, including those mailed in or submitted electronically (which will be printed out and placed in an envelope), will be dedicated to God in our Sunday offering prior to being recorded by our bookkeeper. Several videos of the theme of God’s provision were made by different members of our parish. They are available HERE.
Ways to Give:
- Offering envelopes: If you would like to receive offering envelopes for your checks, please contact the bookkeeper.
- Checks: You can also mail checks to church office or put checks into the plate on Sundays without an envelope.
- Electronic giving: If you would like to set up an automatic deduction from your bank account you can initiate it directly with your financial institution or you can fill out paperwork for the church to initiate regular deductions. Please contact our bookkeeper for more information.
- Easy Tithe: The church has an account with Easy Tithe which enables parishioners to give or make payments for events with debit or credit cards. To set up a secure account, follow the link available here. More information on Easy Tithe is available below.
Easy Tithe is an easy way to give or make payments by using a mobile app or desktop. Users must first establish a secure account. Just follow this link and get started on your desktop.
Any questions? Contact Karen Gowdy, Director of Administration or Nicole Adams, Bookkeeper. The fee per transaction is 2%. The option to accept user fees is given prior to finalizing your transaction.