Annual Giving 2019 "Sharing the Blessings"

Understanding Financial Stewardship. At Christ Church, we know that financial stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God from that which God has given us is a tangible way to express our faith. When each of us gives as we are able, together we fund ministry within our parish, to the Tyler community, and to the world.

What is a pledge? A pledge is an estinate of giving; some call it a statement of intent. Your pledge amount may be changed, increased or decreased during the year, at any time as your financial circumstances change.

Why should I pledge? Pledging allows you to make intentional decisons about your financial giving. When you plan ahead for your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry, the church's governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use of your resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us.

How do I pledge? You may pledge by returning a traditional commitment card, using the Christ Church mobile app, or online here.

Financial Gifts may be paid by check and also be charged to your credit card hereYou may also access the Christ Church mobile app.  Select the GIVE icon for a one-time gift or set up a recurring gift.  It is easy as can be! If you do not have the Christ Church app on your phone the link is as follows:

Questions? please contact Parish Administrator Diana Keesey or call 903-597-9854.

From David Buhrkuhl, 2019 Stewardship Committee Chair

Something I really enjoy is reading about the settlers of Texas, from the Civil War forward.  I probably become a playwright in my mind as I envision their dreams, their fortitude, and their struggles.  Such is the case when I read about the origins of our Christ Church in Tyler.  

In 1867, two years after the end of the Civil War, Christ Church began as an Episcopal Mission with the Rector based in Marshall.  Many people were moving west to Texas to escape their war losses of family members and wealth.  The Bishop decides to start the church in Tyler with seven communicants in an old church building and a court house.  I picture these people in horse drawn carriages making their way to church, with dreams about their future in Texas.  Part of their life was to pray to God and develop the church community of Christ Church during their struggling times to recover from the war.  Seven years later a clapboard church building was constructed by the efforts of this congregation.

Fast forward to 1913, about 45 years, just before the start of World War I.  The members of Christ Church purchased two lots for the building of a new church.  Many things had changed during those 45 years with electricity, cars, etc.  I picture the old building was outdated and possibly too small for the new congregation.  Although World War I was underway, the congregation completed the new building in 1919.   I see the happiness in their faces as they leave a worship service in their new church building.

This growth and need for new worship space, during not the best of times, has continued throughout the history of our church.  The addition of the South Campus was during the recent recession and low oil prices of 2009 – 2016.  As always, our congregation pulls together in prayer and community to move forward.

These building events were important in the history of our church but more important were the gatherings for worship.  The Easter, Christmas, baptisms, confirmations, weddings, funerals, and other special services where we break bread and drink the wine in remembrance of Jesus grow our love of Christ Church.  The worship services that are a part of the day-to-day operations of the church.

The future of our church is bright and will lead to love of our church and smiles on faces; faces we know and faces we don’t know.  But we need your pledge to see what resources we can count on for these day-to-day operations.  For those who pledged in 2018, please contemplate increasing your pledge for 2019.  For those who have not pledged, please consider that pledging enables the Vestry to budget the church’s ministries for the coming year.

This year our theme for the stewardship campaign is to “Share the Blessings”.  As you sign your pledge card this year, please generously consider the gifts our church has brought on its members:  past, present and future.