Starts: October 28, 2012 at 8:00 AM
Ends: October 28, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Sunday, October 28th, is the Feast of Christ the King and has been chosen as “In Gathering Sunday.” We will gather as a parish family to give thanks to our generous and loving Father for all of the many blessings that flow from His throne and to make our pledge to support His church financially for the coming year.

“In Gathering Sunday” will be a time for us to hear a message from the Rector read, and messages from our senior and junior wardens. A prayer will be said and pledge cards given to each member to be offered at the time of the offertory.
As a way for the church to express its thanks to its members, the Vestry of the parish will host a breakfast following the 8:00 am Mass and a lunch following the 10:30 am Mass. In this way the leadership of the parish demonstrates servantship. We desire to express that we are operating from a position of strength and trust in God.
This will be a time to celebrate that as faithful Stewards we are fulfilling our call to be the body of Christ to the world.

Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Hines+

The following article is a re-print of an article that Fr. Greer handed to me last year. It was written by the Very Rev. Canon Bartholomew Ryan, Rector of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Dunstan’s is a parish the Greers’ attended during their family visits to the area. Fr. Ryan has given me permission to share this article with you. I believe we can all benefit from his wise counsel on tithing, especially as we prayerfully consider our pledge for the coming year. – In Christ, Fr. Hines+

Anglican 101 – Tithing

Anglicans don’t believe in Tithing, do they? I think the better question is, do you believe the Bible is the Word of God or something else? Since we, as Anglicans, believe that the Bible is the Word of God, then we believe that we should Tithe. For some of us the very idea of offering to God 10% of our income seems far too difficult if not impossible. Perhaps, there are seasons of our life when that is true, but perhaps we also don’t understand what we are to offer and how.

The idea of first fruits comes from the Old Testament. There are 44 references to Tithing in the Old Testament and four in the New Testament. In the New Testament, Jesus in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke rebukes the tithing of the Pharisees because they tithe of their goods, but not of their actions. Luke also has the famous passage with the Pharisee praying to himself boasting of his righteous acts, while the tax collector simple prays for God forgiveness and mercy.

The Letter to the Hebrews also notes the tithing of Abraham and his descendants. The important thing for us to note is that Jesus in no way rejects the idea of offering first fruits to God or rescinds the commandment to do so. For us then the idea of tithing is still one that we must take seriously. The question is what is actually expected of us?

We are to tithe of our Time, Talent and Treasure. More simple stated we are to give of the time we have for the work of the Body of Christ that is the church. There are always jobs that can be done around the church and many times during the year when we can offer to minister outside our church.

We are to offer our talents, which are the gifts we have been given, to the church so that all people may freely enjoy what God has freely given to us. In this respect one can look upon the 10% tithe as a limiting factor. An example is the nurse who offers to set up a parish nursing program. This should not become a 40 hour a week job that over taxes the originator, but rather be a starting point for others to give of themselves in this ministry.

And now the hard part of tithing for all of us, our treasure. Yes, it really does mean that we should offer 10% of what we have been given back to the God who gave us the talent, skills and even the body which allowed us to earn the 100%. I once heard someone turn this around as if it would make everyone feel better. You get to keep 90%. I thought then and still do that sounds like a government program. And tithing is not about exact numbers or filling out report forms.

God has said to us that 10% of what we make should be offered in His Name. For most of us the largest percentage of this tithe will go to the church. For others there are many charities that all receive part of our time, talent and treasure. What we give and how we give our tithe is personal. We know what God expects and we know what we can do at any given moment of time. The important thing is that the Christian disciple is always moving towards fulfilling all that God wants of him and tithing is no different.