Giving at Hope

God has given us two hands–one to receive with and the other to give with.
We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing.
–Billy Graham

“Time and Talent” and “Financial Pledge” Cards – View/print a hard copy
Giving in Faith – A Guide on Where to Start – Stewardship Resource
Submit Your Financial Pledge Online – A quick and easy way to complete and submit your financial pledge

Giving our time, talents, and money enables Hope Presbyterian Church to live our vision as a community of faith. We offer several ways to give:

We encourage everyone to experience the blessings of giving as a spiritual discipline:

First Fruits Giving: Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your produce. – Proverbs 3:9
Like the Hebrew farmers who gave to God from the first part of their harvest, so we learn to give from the first part of our income.  Thus we learn that we must actually trust God to meet our needs.  Our gift to the Lord becomes the first check written rather than the last one from what is “left over” after paying the bills.  In the same way, we can give our time and talents to worship, study, and service to God as a priority, rather than the time and energy that is “left over” after everything else we do.

Proportional Giving: For, as I can testify, they voluntarily gave according to their means, and even beyond their means – 2 Cor. 8:3
Proportional giving is giving “according” to our means, “in relation to” our income.  It is the systematic planned gift that is determined by multiplying a percent times our annual income.  The biblical guide is 10% of personal income, known as the “tithe”.  Some of us are tithers today.  Others of us are growing to the tithe by deliberately increasing our giving by a percent or two of our income each year.  We can also think of our gifts of time and talent in a similar manner – are we giving a deliberate portion of our time and talents to God each year, and considering how we might increase this over time?

Giving in Response to Scripture: Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:7-8
When we look to the Bible for guidance in our giving, it is clear what God expects from us. “The Bible uses the word believe 273 times. It uses the word pray 371 times.Love appears 714 times. Give appears 2,172 times.” – Herb Miller, TheParishPaper.com