How we understand stewardship
We think that stewardship begins with understanding that everything is a gift from God; including our lives, gifts and treasures, and we are called to spend them on what’s closest to God’s heart. We enjoy participating in the local ecumenical ministerium where gifts of food and money blended with other local congregations provide help to those in need in the area.
Each fall we conduct a stewardship campaign, which ends with Commitment Sunday. On this Sunday members of Zion are asked to provide an estimate for giving for the upcoming year. This is used to help determine the congregation’s budget for the upcoming year as all expenses are supported by these contributions, including ministries, building maintenance, staff salaries, and capital repairs and improvements.
Simply Giving at Zion
Simply Giving is a convenient way to make your regular monetary offerings. It’s an electronic giving program where your donations are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to Zion’s. Not only is it convenient, but it provides much-needed consistency in giving. To become an electronic giver there is a web-based process that is comprehensive and flexible.
You can designate donations for:
- General/Operating, Capital Campaign, Initial, Altar Flowers, Ash Wednesday, Lenten Wednesdays, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Special.
- For each category you can give One Time, Weekly, Monthly, Semi-Monthly (1st and 15th), Quarterly and Annually.
- Set-up and changes are done online and you can make changes as often as you like.
You will also continue to receive envelopes, so if you choose you can do a mix of electronic giving and envelope giving. You will also receive the same giving reports reflecting both your electronic giving and envelope giving.
To sign up via the internet, click here. The first time you go on, you will need to “Create Your Profile”. It will ask for your email address and then for you to designate a password (8 characters with letters and at least 1 number). You can then indicate your planned donations, frequency, and start date (at least 3 business days in the future). It will then ask for your checking or savings account information and personal details. You will receive e-mails confirming that your profile has been set-up and any planned donations. Thereafter, you need only to use your e-mail and password to log on to add planned donations or change previously planned donations.
Vanco Services, the provider of Simply Giving, supports electronic giving to over 11,000 churches & non-profit organizations and is endorsed by Thrivent Financial. Vanco maintains a high level of security and no personal information is shared with any other party. All information provided will be kept highly confidential.
If you have any questions or need assistance setting up your giving via Simply Giving at Zion, please contact Barb Schulz at (201) 787-7460 or [email protected] Thank you for your financial support of the mission of Zion Lutheran Church.