We believe in gratitude. Not guilt.
Members and regular attenders here give because we’re grateful for what we’ve been given in our lives. And because we want to use what we’ve been given to better serve each other, our community and our world.
So, you won’t find us asking for money all the time. We take up an offering on Sundays and have an annual stewardship campaign, but we never want you to feel like we’re trying to guilt you into giving. (And if you ever feel that we are, please let us know.)
We are also committed to being transparent and honest about where the money goes. Our budgets and books are open for discussion. So if you have questions, please ask.
By the way, we don’t believe there is only one way to give. Rather than financially, some of us give our prayers, our skills with a hammer, our casseroles, our shoulders to cry on, our words of encouragement. And we’re grateful for whatever and however you choose to give.
We hope that members and regular attenders understand that the church operates within a budget that includes not only mission and programming funding but also salaries and building upkeep. An annual stewardship campaign takes place in the Fall. Members of the congregation are invited to make monetary pledges for the support of the church and its ministries.
Annual Stewardship Campaign
PER CAPITA 2019 — Presbyterians in Partnership
Per Capita is how Presbyterians share equally in the cost of the many ministries of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Per Capita is requested from every congregation and is based on each church’s total active membership.
In 2019 each adult member is asked to pay $34.22 for their per capita share. Checks may be made out to Community Presbyterian Church and note “per capita” in the memo section.
Thank you for helping CPC support the Chicago Presbytery, the Synod of Lincoln Trails (IL & IN) and the General Assembly of PC(USA) .
Special gifts, donations in memory of a loved one, and planned giving opportunities contribute to the Memorial and Gifts fund of the church. Special effort is made to match donors’ interests with particular, tangible needs of the church.
Tree of Life
The interest from our church’s Endowment Fund supports new programs and special ministries. Contributions are made to the endowment fund in many ways, including special gifts, memorials, and planned giving. A special way to remember a loved one is through the “Tree of Life,” which is located in the narthex. With a contribution of $500 or more, a leaf is inscribed on the tree and a donation is made to the endowment fund for a lasting legacy.
The four churchwide Special Offerings of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) play an important role in defining what
it means to be a connectional church in the twenty-first century, bringing together the diversity of the PC(USA)
to focus and take faith-based action on shared concerns. The Offerings collectively participate in ministries of
compassion, justice, Christian formation, education, peacemaking, and global witness.
Other Offering Oportunities
Two-Cents a Meal is a small first step in the battle against hunger and poverty. We invite every member—of all ages—to contribute a few cents at every meal. This simple act is an expression of thanksgiving for what we have received. It is also a commitment to share with others in response to Jesus' command "You give them something to eat."