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"Give, and it will be given to you” – Luke 6:38

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Our individual stewardship of God’s resources is an important indicator of whether we have placed God first in our lives. The best – and most fair – way to gauge our faithfulness is called “Percentage Giving.” The scriptures hold up for us the standard of giving 10% of our income, known as a “tithe” – and Jesus praised those who went beyond this. Cedar Creek UMC encourages people to build up to a tithe. As many of us were taught when young: “Save 10%, give God 10%, and have 80% to live on and enjoy.” How do we do this? Look at your annual giving and see what percentage of your annual income it equals. Is it 3%, 5%, 8%? For most of us, we’re not yet at the 10% level. Knowing the percentage you give, pray about your giving and seek God’s leading. If you are currently giving 4% of your income, can you raise it to 5%? Or from 6% to 7%, or from 8% to 10%? Many people at Cedar Creek UMC tithe or give well beyond the tithe because of their commitment to a vital ministry.

Every year, we ask our people to provide an “Estimate of Giving.” We do not call it a “pledge” because we do not see it as a legal obligation. It is an estimate which can be changed (up or down!) as one’s circumstances change. This enables the church to make a responsible ministry plan for the coming year.

Extravagant Generosity is one of the central disciplines of our spiritual life. As we grow in our faith and trust, we discover that our generosity – giving of our time, talent and treasure – is one of the deepest possible joys. For as we thankfully share what God has given, we follow the example of our Lord.


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PHONE: 512-303-1393
Cedar Creek UMC
P. O. Box 33
5630 FM 535
Cedar Creek, TX 78612

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