Our shared responsibility for the financial and spiritual life of Charleswood United Church is called “Stewardship”.
All of us have been given gifts of time, talent and treasure and we each need to decide how best to share these gifts with God’s people. To learn of ways in which you can give of your gifts of time and talent you can read about all the events and activities of our church that we talk about elsewhere on our web site.
Here we offer you ways in which to share your gifts of treasure:
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In the fall of each year, we ask Members and Adherents (those who attend regularly without formally joining the congregation) to make a financial commitment to the Church which they pledge to give toward the work of the church over the next 12 months.
It is on the basis of this commitment that the Finance Committee and Church Council establish a budget for the next 12 months, making it very important for each and every one of us to follow through.
Stewardship is a personal decision for each individual.
We encourage all of our supporters to use Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). You set a regular monthly withdrawal from your bank account in the church’s favour. There is no cost to you for using this service, and you can alter the amount of your gift at any time by contacting the church office. PAR giving ensures that, even when you are not able to attend on Sunday, your support of Charleswood United Church will continue. Please contact the church office to start donating by this method.
Also, we are happy to provide personalized donation envelopes to regular attendees, one for each week. Personalized envelopes are not printed with your name, but rather with a number, so that your privacy is maintained, but we can still easily issue a charitable donation receipt. Envelopes are issued upon request, usually at the time of annual Stewardship. This method is, of course, more costly for the church than the PAR method.
A freewill offering is taken up each Sunday in church. Whether by cash or cheque, if you use one of the envelopes provided in the pews to give us your name and address, we can issue a charitable donation receipt for income tax purposes for amount of $10 or more in the tax year.
Of course, if you are not able to attend church and you are not on PAR, we will be happy to receive your donation by mail.
Charleswood United Church is able to receive gifts of securities as a charitable donation. Recent changes in tax law now make this an attractive option. Donors will be receipted for the full market value of shares but are not required to pay tax on the capital gain. An account for the church has been set up so you can donate in this manner for either the Mortgage Fund or for your regular givings. If interested, please contact the church office.
How do you know what level of giving is appropriate for you?
Ask yourself “Can I look beyond my own present need and make a sacrificial, hopeful commitment to a vision for the future?” The story of Jeremiah under siege in Jerusalem , when he buys a field for the sake of its future harvests, speaks to giving from the heart to the point of discomfort both financially and spiritually. (Jeremiah 32: 1-15)
In order to continue to meet the needs of the community, the people of Charleswood United Church need to continually grow our budget and our personal commitment.
Try this: For six weeks, add a sacrificial gift to your regular offering each week. Give until it feels wonderful! At the end of those six weeks, you may be a changed person, a person who absolutely revels in the extravagant feeling of being generous.
What is the Charleswood United Church Heritage Fund?
The Charleswood United Church Heritage Fund was established on the occasion of our Church’s 75th Anniversary. This is a Foundation Trust Fund that is kept separate from general accounts of the Church.
Charleswood United Churchhas benefited from the generosity of its members and supporters for over 90 years. In 1997, aware that increasing costs for maintaining this ministry could one day exceed the capacity of the congregation, Charleswood United Church established a special Fund to receive gifts to the church from bequests, estates and other donations, in trust.
Early gifts to the Heritage Fund swiftly raised the principle to over $200,000 and in its first 10 years the Heritage Fund enabled the church to provide added support to outreach, education, and congregational initiatives. In 2008 the church completed an historic building renovation and expansion. The Heritage Fund was able to provide a $220,000 interest free loan to the congregation that is in the process of being repaid. However, today is the time to think of tomorrow. Gifts planned for the Heritage Fund will one day allow the services we offer to the community to be extended well into the second century
It is a straightforward process to support the Heritage Fund. There are many ways you can help the Fund grow, including:
- – Bequest in a Will
- – Gifts of stocks, bonds and property
- – Life Insurance
- – Gift Annuities
- – Memorial gifts
- – Cash donations
All gifts to the Heritage Fund are tax deductible and in some situations the Heritage Fund may provide donors with estate and tax planning advantages and strategies. Contact the office for more information.
Charleswood United Church is a leading contributor to the work of the United Church of Canada through the Mission & Service Fund.
The M&S Fund supports numerous ministries in Canada and around the world, ranging from humanitarian intervention in natural disasters to helping new congregations get established. International assistance is offered in partnership with local churches. Complete details on the M&S Fund are available on the United Church of Canada website. There is an opportunity on your annual pledge card to direct a portion of your Charleswood United gift to the Mission & Service Fund. For more information on Mission and Service go to www.united-church.ca.