What is Stewardship?
Stewardship is more than the giving of money in order to meet a church’s budget for the year. Stewardship is a theological statement of belief. It is a way of life based on a belief that we are all the beloved children of God. Therefore, we joyfully give of our time, talent, and treasure in order to participate in God’s Kingdom being lived here and now.
Reaching our goal of $1,000,000 in pledges for 2023 is simple, but it takes all of us! In order to reach our goal, we’re challenging each 2022 giving unit to take that next step and increase your giving just a bit. We’ve included the diagram below to help guide 2023 pledges. If we do just this little bit more, we will exceed our $1,000,000 goal. Additionally, if every giving unit that was unable to pledge in 2022 could pledge $500 in 2023, our 2023 pledge revenue will exceed $1,100,000!
We can do this…together! Come be a part of the Million Reasons Why we love and support our church family here at First Presbyterian Church, Oxford.
Dear Church Family
The pandemic was like a bad dream. We will never forget the feeling of being estranged from all of society. One of the things we missed most was the church. Watching a computer screen is not the same as being in a sanctuary of fellow worshipers.
For more than sixty years, the Shaws have made their church home at First Presbyterian. When we joined the church in 1961, David was one year old, Robert was two plus years old, and Laura was five. Now, Sydney and I, both ninety years old, are among the oldest members of the church.
When we joined FPC, Murphy Wilds, a model of dedicated leadership, was Senior Pastor. Reverend Wilds was followed through the years by Stanley Smathers, Shep Crigler, Sam Marshall, John Semmes, and Barrett Milner–each of them an effective minister in his own way. We have fond memories of many very loyal, dedicated men and women from those early years who are now deceased. Early families still in our congregation include members of the Elliott, Ethridge, Hickman, Lewis, McCullouch, Neilson, Pettis, and White families. Fortunately, we have also added another strong group of capable church leaders to our membership. A look at the many beautiful/handsome children who go down the aisle on Sunday mornings lets us know the future is bright at FPC.
We have been tied to the church by regular attendance and participation and by baptisms, weddings, and funerals.
When joining the church, all members accept the obligation of supporting the church with their time and money. Feeling a part of the church includes both participation and financial contributions. Although we are now slowed by age, we did in our younger days participate enthusiastically in church activities, and we still have our financial obligation.
One reward of giving is the feeling of satisfaction of bonding together with other church members to provide for maintaining the church facilities, funding staff salaries, and operating programs within and outside the walls of the church. We find that church going and church giving are habits that make you feel better.
To make plans effectively, the church needs our pledges. Now is the time to make this commitment.