Stewardship is a Way of Life
"How shall I make a return to the Lord for all the good he has done for me?" Psalm 116
Stewardship acknowledges God as Creator and Giver of all gifts. As disciples of the Lord Jesus, we are motivated to share our time, talent and treasure with the Church and other worthy causes from a deep sense of gratitude and in a planned, proportionate and sacrificial manner. Stewardship is a way of life that enhances our relationship with God and with one another.
Tithing is about Giving God the First Fruits
At Epiphany, the Sunday Offering and other monetary contributions to the Church are referred to as Tithing. The whole belief that underlies Tithing is that God is the Giver of every gift we have in life--our life itself, our faith in Him, world and its precious resources, our family and friends and loved ones, our health, our jobs, our personalities, the different gifts and talents that each one of us have--all of these are God's gifts to us.
Everything is from God. So naturally, we make a return for all the wonderful gifts He has given to us. This return is called our "tithe". One simple, forthright way of tithing is a tithe of 10% of our income. The suggested guideline is 5% to your Parish, 1% to the Diocesan charities and appeals that take place during the course of the year, and 4% to other personal needs and charities that are close to your heart.
Tithing is a radical statement of our gratitude to God, an acknowledgement that our gifts are really His gifts to us, and our total dependence on Him. Tithing changes us. It is not simply a financial program, it is a spiritual program of total love of God.
Donate Now/Electronic Giving Now Available
Sometimes our finances are a roller coaster ride because of the vacation schedules (especially summer holidays) when envelopes drops off. Online giving is a help to the parish and it is rather effortless. Fr. Eric asks us all to ponder signing up.
E Giving Options now include the Capital Improvement, the Parish Endowment and the School Endowment funds. With the completion of the Together In the Work of the Lord Campaign, you may want to direct your donations to one of these funds on a schedule set up by you, electronically
To sign up or to login to change your settings go to our E-giving website
If you have any questions, ask for Angie the Business Manager in the Parish office.
Remembering the Parish in your Will
An important way for members of one generation to have a lasting impact on the parish and its institutions is to make a lump sum bequest, or estate percentage bequest, in one's Will. The legal title of the parish is "Epiphany Roman Catholic Congregation, Normal, Illinois." A bequest may also be made to one or both of our Endowment Funds--"The Epiphany School Endowment Fund" and the "Epiphany Parish Endowment Fund."