"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matthew 6:21
Even with everything that has changed over the last year and a half, the family of faith at Paoli Presbyterian Church has made it overwhelmingly clear where your heart is…
Your heart is in Authentic Relationships – we went from having 2-3 Small Groups in early 2020 to having 14 groups as of September 2021, with over 100 people sharing life and faith together every week.
Your heart is in Christ-Honoring Worship – whether in-person or online, we’re digging into Scripture together, praying together, singing together, lifting up the name of Jesus in it all.
Your heart is in Compassionate Mission – you gave over $71,000 in special offerings in support of our Corona Relief Fund, Belize Christmas Offering and Cornerstone Christian Academy, and you donated an incredibly generous amount of in-kind gifts to our Food Closet, Wonder of Christmas program, care packages for the staff at General Wayne Elementary, and more!
Your heart is in people saying Yes to Jesus – we celebrated eight individuals giving their lives to Jesus Christ this last year through the gift of baptism and reaffirmation of baptism.
Our heart is in Following Jesus Together!
We’re doing the things that Jesus told us were the most important of all – loving God with all our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves… in other words, ending relational poverty!
Jesus said that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Which is to say, what you do with your most valuable assets has the power to make a significant impact on your heart. Where you invest your “treasure” – that’s where your heart will end up too.
And for most of us, our most valuable assets, the things we treasure the most, are our money and our time.
What we do with our money and our time has the power to impact our hearts! So where we put them… that’s where our hearts will be as well.
This coming year, we want to invite you to place your hearts in the hands of Jesus by investing your treasure - your money and your time - in the work of God at Paoli Presbyterian Church.
We’re asking you to do two things:
1. STEP UP in Giving: Notice what and how you have given in the past and take one Step Up toward increasing your financial commitment to the ministry of Paoli Presbyterian Church. (See “Giving Ladder” inside for examples of concrete steps you can take toward increasing your giving.)
2. STEP OUT in Service: Find one way that you can that you can Step Out to invest your time in the work of God at Paoli Presbyterian Church by serving in some significant way over the coming year. (Stay tuned in the coming weeks as we share some specific requests and opportunities that have the potential to make the biggest impact.)
Even with everything that has changed over the last year and a half, what Jesus said remains as true as ever. The more you invest your “treasure” in the work Jesus is doing, your heart will be sure to follow.
Jonathan and Becca
At Paoli Presbyterian Church, God has called us to End Relational Poverty: inviting all people to life-changing relationships with God through Jesus Christ and to authentic relationships with one another.
Achieving this goal costs approximately $1 million per year, all made possible through the generous giving of our membership. We want to continue growing all areas of ministry, allowing more people the opportunity to Follow Jesus Together.
To do that, and to account for others being unable to continue giving, we ask each member and family to consider an increase in your estimated giving for 2022.
Your increased giving will allow the continued growth of vital ministries of worship, discipleship, and mission in the year to come.
THE GIVING LADDER
STEP UP IN GIVING
Being a part of something begins with deciding on your level of commitment and participation. It's thinking about how you give today and your giving aspirations for the future. The Giving Ladder asks you to consider: Are you just beginning or are you "All In"?
Give beyond a tithe.
This is someone who realizes that, although the tithe is the minimum the Bible asks, God has prompted and enabled them to give more for the Kingdom.
Faithfully give 10% of income.
This is someone who has seen the blessing that comes with giving, and is ready to commit to giving the tithe - 10% that Scripture asks of believers.
Consistently give, but less than 10% of income.
This is someone ready to be more intentional about their giving,
has made an assessment, and determined to start giving consistently.
This is someone ready to take the exciting first step towards worshiping and growing through giving.
STEP OUT IN SERVICE
Find one way that you can that you can Step Out to invest your time in the work of God at Paoli Presbyterian Church by serving. Areas of opportunity, where you’re likely to make the biggest impact (and therefore experience the greatest reward!), include Children & Family Ministries, Student Ministries, Sunday Morning Support, & Weekday Support.