Sharing with Others

Opportunities for giving
Christians are called to be stewards and caregivers of the world God has made.
They are also called to be faithful members of a church, giving back a part of what God has given to them, so that it can be used in the maintenance of the church’s ministry and service and witness among others.
Our congregation encourages giving a planned proportion of personal income to the church — ten percent, which is known as a “tithe‚” or some other percentage.
Giving is thereby related to the amount of money each individual has. Those with lower income give as they are able, doing so with full commitment to participate. Those with higher income give more money, based on the same commitment to give.

Ways we give throughout the year
Giving is a part of our worship as a congregation. Church members and regular participants in our church life are encouraged to fill in a Promise Card at the beginning of each year, indicating what they expect to give. This pledge to give helps the church to plan. These gifts can be given during worship, using offering envelopes. Or direct giving may be arranged through bank transfer.

All gifts which come from an identifiable individual are recorded, and the church provides a year-end statement usable for tax purposes,
to report the gifts as charitable contributions.
We participate in mission throughout the world, as a congregation of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Through strong support of the yearly One Great Hour of Sharing offering, we give emphasis to programs that provide relief and development assistance all across the globe, including in the United States.

On the second Sunday of each month, we receive a hunger offering, part of which is used nationally and internationally
and part of which supports West End’s efforts to alleviate hunger.
Contributions of both money and non-perishable foodstuffs for our own food pantry are received.

Ways available to give at the end of life
West End Presbyterian Church can be a beneficiary in a will.
Heirs of a deceased member or friend of the church may designate a special gift in honor of their loved one.
An individual planning a gift may or may not discuss this ahead with church leaders.

Sharing with others
Sharing the good things God has given us is both an obligation and a joy for us as Christians.
In giving food, we honor Jesus.
By befriending Muslims, immigrants, and their friends, we prepare ourselves to walk with them.
In sharing space, we are blessed with new friends.

Twelve-step programs remind us of the changes God can bring in human lives.
Programs addressing homelessness present the challenge of helping those who are presently caught in homelessness and of advocating for improved policies in our society to enable adequate housing availability.

Music instruction enables skills that bring enrichment and joy to life.

Click here to go to
• List of service programs that use our church facilities
• A page on Stewardship, the theological basis of our giving
• Presbyterian information on One Great Hour of Sharing
• New York City information on Walking with Muslims and Immigrants