What Does It Mean to Be a Christian Steward?
In Jesus’ time, the steward was the manager of the household. The steward was not the owner of the assets, but a responsible administrator of the owner’s property.
A starting place is the recognition that God has invited us to be responsible for our lives and resources. With God in our lives, we are better stewards in the world.
We are all stewards of some possessions and influence. The question is: “What kind of steward of our resources are we?
Learn more about our 2021 annual pledge drive
Stepping into the Light
In March 2020 our world was cast into a literal darkness. The pandemic hit and our lives were irreparably changed. We quarantined from one another to protect ourselves from this virus called COVID-19. We lost the human connection we had with our friends and family. There were many other hardships that we all experienced in this darkest of times.
Yet the light of life and love never completely left us. We adjusted. We maintained our connections with one another through such miracles as ZOOM and the telephone. And then a true miracle happened: our life-saving vaccines!
Now that we are coming out on the other side of this pandemic, we have time to breathe and take stock. Take stock of where we have been and where we are going. And we know even in the darkest days of the pandemic, the Light of Christ never dimmed. The promise of Light and Love was always there leading us forward. Now we are once again stepping out into the Light!
Our primary purpose here at the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church is to love: to love our God and love our neighbor. Inherent in our loving is our capacity to live the light of that love out in the world through acts of justice and mercy. Part of the way we do this is through our monetary contributions we make to our church.
Making Your Pledge
Each year, the people of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (WCUMC) are asked to make Each year, the people of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church (WCUMC) are asked to make a stewardship pledge for the upcoming calendar year. Your pledge is a one-year financial commitment to support the ministry within our congregation, to the larger United Methodist Church, and to the world. A pledge made in connection with the current stewardship drive is to be paid by December 31, 2022. You can make your pledge by filling out our online pledge card.
What is an Appropriate Pledge Amount?
The amount of one’s stewardship pledge is a personal, spiritual decision. The biblical concept of tithing (contributing 10% of one’s income to the church and other worthy organizations) is a standard to prayerfully consider. Some may be able to equal or exceed the tithing level. Others will pledge at a lower level. All pledge contributions, regardless of the amount, are gratefully received as an expression of your commitment.
Giving Percentage Guideline
Why are Pledges Important?
Pledges are essential to WCUMC’s planning process. Each year, committees submit their goals and the estimated cost to achieve them. Your Finance Committee will take these estimates and start to build our budget. Once 2022 pledges are received, our Church Council will finalize the budget.
What is the Conference Tithe?
The Conference Tithe is our denomination giving to the United Methodist Church. It supports ministries that reach beyond our local church. For example, through our Conference tithe, we support summer camps and youth programs that affect hundreds of lives in the California-Nevada Conference and beyond. Our Conference Tithe also supports other programs like promoting health and clean water throughout the developing world.
We realize that the United Methodist Church is in flux with its recent decision to continue its discriminatory practices against our LGBTQIA+ siblings. Because we stand boldly with those whom our Church hurt by this disastrous decision, we have given our constituency the option of withholding a portion of their pledge linked to this discrimination and harm. On your pledge form, you will have an option to withhold this portion of your pledge/tithe
How Many Households Give?
For 2020, we received 96 pledges for a total of $346,476.
How are Pledge Donations Paid?
People fulfill their pledge in the manner that best meets their circumstances. One may give weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annually via cash, checks, or automatic bank withdrawal. You can also donate online. Pledges may also be paid with securities. Should circumstances change, the pledge can be increased or decreased.
How are Pledges Submitted and What is the Time Frame?
First, you need to complete your online pledge card. Then upon receipt of your pledge, you will be notified by our Financial Secretary. During our worship service on December 5, 2021, we will consecrate those gifts given for 2022. Be Blessed! And thank you for supporting the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church!