Help Sustain and Further the Work of Christ.
Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s ministries exist because of the support and financial commitment of each member. Through our collective generosity, we sustain and further the work of Christ. We hope you will reflect on the ways we serve God together at Immanuel and prayerfully consider making a pledge of financial support to our church for the coming year. The following information explores the concept of pledging more fully. For further information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your thoughtful response.
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I give because I love what Immanuel does. The fellowship, the community, the services, the friendships formed. The potlucks, the music, the support system. The classes, the speakers, the outreach. Immanuel has had a profound impact on my life and the life of my family and friends, and we are happy to give back to them in return. (Bizzy B.)
Immanuel has always been generous and concerned for those not only in our church community, but way beyond these walls as well. So what do Immanuelites do? We act. We build homes with Habitat for Humanity. We knit shawls who may be lonely, scared or sick. We get involved in food drives with SHARE to feed those who are hungry. I could go on and on. These are some of the reasons I believe it is really important to support our church by giving generously. (Sophia A.)
Listening to sermons, preparing Sunday school lessons, and joining study groups have helped me to learn, question and broaden my faith. Discovering how a faithful person can also be a questioning person is one of what I see as the great strengths of this church, and the opportunity for spiritual growth is an important reason we give to Immanuel. (Ann W.)
I’d like to add another reason to love and support Immanuel – it’s about family: Our two children were raised here. Our daughter was married here. Soon, our first grandson will be baptized here and the cycle renewed. And, when we sing an old hymn, particularly one dating back hundreds of years (even to the Reformation), I think of my ancestors, up and down the line, also standing in their pews in their meeting houses on Sunday mornings, singing those very same words. (Bill H.)
For me, Immanuel is about community. It can be hard to find a sense of belonging in Northern Virginia. But those of us at Immanuel have a faith community that brings us together week after week for prayer, worship, learning, volunteering, socializing, singing and so much more. (Stephanie B.)
Why do I give? To pay a fair amount to help Immanuel thrive. But how much should we give? Here’s what I did. I thought, what if this service had a ticket price like a concert or a sporting event, what would it cost? It was a little surprising. [This year] I plan to renew my season tickets and maybe even upgrade to the suite level. (Chris P.)
This is what happens when we will ourselves with God instead of self — relationships are built and strengthened, empty pantries are stocked, strangers are welcomed as beloved friends, and weary hearts are replenished. This is what the broken world needs, and it can be our daily joy as followers of Christ to define and redefine throughout the course of our lives what it means for US to be rich toward God. (Rev. Katie)
Does your management of your resources match the values that you claim? We sometimes think that the faithful life is about huge gestures, like Zacchaeus boldly vowing to give away half of his income to the poor. But what I have learned is that it is about moving steadily toward a goal of what you want your financial stewardship to look like. (Rev. Aaron)
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“Why do I give? To pay a fair amount to help Immanuel thrive. But how much should we give? Here’s what I did. I thought, what if this service had a ticket price like a concert or a sporting event, what would it cost? It was a little surprising. [This year] I plan to renew my season tickets and maybe even upgrade to the suite level.” (Shared by Chris P.)
At Immanuel Presbyterian Church, we believe that our standard of giving should reflect our standard of living. And one should give at a level that is both responsible and significant based on individual financial situation.
But, bear in mind, every pledge, no matter the amount, makes a valued contribution to our mission and ministry.
The tithe has long been held as the standard of Christian giving. The Old Testament (Deuteronomy 14:22-29) underlies the tradition of giving back to God 10 percent of one’s annual harvest or income right off the top.
For some however, such a level of giving could be daunting and at best a goal to be reached gradually over time. Consider committing to “proportional giving” – pledging a certain percentage of your annual gross income (beginning, say, at 2 or 4 or 6 percent), with the intention of growing it over time to 10 or more percent. The following chart will help quantify this:
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Recurring Payment Plan: Monthly gifts of pledge payments can be made directly to IPC through your bank account. Contact your bank directly to set up an automatic Bill Pay or contact Mary Ann Vaughan at 703-356-3042, ext. 202 to set up a monthly recurring debit from your bank account to the church.
By Debit Card: To make a secure payment via debit card online, click here.
By Check: Please make your check payable to Immanuel Presbyterian Church and place in the offering plate or mail to: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1125 Savile Lane, McLean, VA 22101, attention: Mary Ann Vaughan
Electronic Gifts of Stock: Please contact Mary Ann Vaughan at 703-356-3042, ext. 202.
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