"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift
each of you has received. Whoever speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of
God; whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be
glorified in all things through Jesus Christ." I Peter 4:10-11
In our Reformed Tradition stewardship is the idea that all that we have and all that
we are belong to God. God makes us managers, care-givers, stewards of the Divine
Creation. As Peter so correctly stated, "We are stewards of God's grace." Stewardship
is our joyful response to the grace that God has poured into our lives. Through God's
grace in Christ we are energized to share God's grace with the world. The Stewardship,
Finance, Budget committee works to nurture our stewardship as a congregation.
Why is Paying Per Capita Important? Presbyterian Church U.S.A. has set the 2014 payment of Per Capita to be $38.61. Each member of this church should pay this amount. Why? Reason #1: Cottonwood Presbyterian Church has to pay $9,000 this year to Presbyterian Church U.S.A. for its members' Per Capita. Even if we members do not pay our share, our Church has to. Reason #2: The Per Capita dollar amount is set each year.
These monies support the overhead costs of our mission projects. So for example, when the One Great Hour of Sharing occurs each year, the Per Capita funds make sure that your donations are given 100 percent to the mission project. Not even a little of your donation goes to overhead or administrative costs of the project. Thus, if we want to continue supporting mission projects on a national scope, each member should pay the Per Capita amount. On a local level, if we do not want to cause a deficit in Cottonwood's budget, each member should pay the Per Capita amount. Please write a check to Cottonwood Presbyterian Church for $38.61 with a note saying "Per Capita." For those of you that can, consider paying more to cover other members who aren't so fortunate.