Frequently Asked Questions
What is the church’s fiscal year?
The church’s fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Since the fiscal year spans two calendar years, the year is sometimes hyphenated. For example, the 2014 fiscal year is sometimes referred to as the 2014-15 year.
Why Should I Make A Financial Commitment?
Making a financial commitment allows the church to plan for our common life together. Telling us what your gift will be allows the church to plan the extent of its mission and ministry: Can we do what we have been called by God to do? Financial commitment becomes a touchstone either indicating we can go ahead or we need to rethink what we are doing. As Jesus said, “Who among you would begin to build a tower and not determine the cost?”
When you make a financial commitment to First Plymouth, you are changing lives and supporting the mission and ministry of this community of faith. Your gift empowers the church to be God’s hands and feet in the world. Your gift is the foundation for building a spiritual home that nurtures the Congregation and helps nourish our souls so that we can go out and help others just as Jesus helped others.
How Much Should I Give?
The Bible says we should set aside our “first fruits” – that we should give from the first portion we set aside – not from what remains. This concept is often referred to as a tithe or proportional giving. Basically it means that people give a percentage of their annual income, such as 5% and increase that percentage incrementally over time until they are at 10%. Other people find it helpful to give the same amount monthly. Some people find that it’s helpful to know that the average commitment at First Plymouth is $3000 a year. It really is an individual decision depending your family’s circumstances.