GIVING, GENEROSITY, AND OUR BUDGET

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Thank you for prayerfully considering a financial contribution to our church. You can give in-person on Sunday mornings by placing a check or cash in the offering plate, or you can give online. Online giving is an easy and secure way to give. You can set up an automatic withdrawal and create an account to manage your giving in the future. Click the button below to start:


Listen to the audio from Robert's talk on our budget, our view of Biblical tithing, and more:

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By giving to TCPC, you are funding a movement that means salvation for the lost, renewal for the broken, rest for the weary, and immeasurable stories of redemption that only eternity will tell...

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Tates Creek Presbyterian Church exists for the glory of Christ and the good of the Bluegrass. But what does that even mean? It means much more than 2 thriving campuses with over 1,100 in membership:

Indeed, the glory of Christ and the good of the Bluegrass is more than a slogan—it’s a movement. A movement that means salvation for the lost, renewal for the broken, rest for the weary, and immeasurable stories of redemption that only eternity will tell. But it’s a costly movement. A movement that calls upon every member of TCPC to sacrifice for the cause. The sacrifice is holistic, involving things such as time and talent, but it does have implications upon our finances. Simply put, for the vision of TCPC to continually become its own reality requires the sacrificial generosity of every member.

As we call you into this generosity, we want to assure you that every gift is used wisely for the purposes of this great vision:

 

BIBLICAL VIEW OF GIVING

 
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2 Corinthians 8 is Paul’s plea to the Corinthians to give to the needs of the church. However, his appeal is not rooted in those needs, but in a motivation that is much more significant:

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.”

Notice how different this is than typical motivations for generosity. If we are honest with ourselves, why do we normally give?

Control, “for you know your opinion will carry more weight?”
Recognition, “for you know we will put your name on the church?”
Reward, “for you know God will make you even richer?”
Duty, “for you know it’s just the right thing to do?”
Guilt, “for you know you will feel ashamed if you don’t?”

But Paul appeals to none of these. His motivation? “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Grace is his motivation.

And he uses the language of wealth to explain the essence of this grace—a Savior who was rich yet became poor that by His poverty we might become rich.  Of course this is not speaking of earthly riches, but of the infinitely more valuable currency of God’s love and favor. Jesus gave up the wealth of heaven for the impoverishment of the cross that we might inherit the riches of God’s favor.  

When people become captivated by that matchless story of grace, trite motivational techniques are no longer needed.  The gospel innately produces a people who are eager to give as their God has given to them. When grace captures a heart it always overflows into sacrificial giving.

So ironically the news that motivates us to give is that we don’t have to give.

You don’t have to give a penny to God for God to love and accept you. He has already freely given His all to us in the gospel of Jesus, and when that truth is realized and internalized, we will find ourselves compelled to give more than we would be willing to give to buy His favor.  

Yes, the needs of TCPC are great and exciting. Yes, we will not be able to meet our goal without your participation. And yes, the glory of Christ and the good of the bluegrass is the most worthy cause you could commit your finances to. And yet, that is not our ultimate persuasion. Ultimately, we are persuaded by this: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sake he became poor, so that we by his poverty might become rich. When that gospel truth captures a community, it will create a community that we are praying for this year.

 

 

OUR PRAYER

 
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Our prayer is very simple: that every member and regular attender would commit to be a tithing participant of TCPC. It’s difficult to project the exact amount, but our best estimate is that if this were to happen, it would not only fund this year’s budget, but it would even surpass our ideal budget!

Brothers and sisters, the resources are there. God has richly blessed us with all that we need to support the vision and mission of His church for generations to come, and all it takes is a community committed to tithing.

But again, that’s not even the point. The point is the gospel creating a people of the gospel. A people who sacrificially give in the name of the Savior who has sacrificially given to us.

 

2017/18 BUDGET

 
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This budget for the Rapid Run campus was approved by the Session of Elders on September 26, 2017, and took effect on October 1, 2017. If you have any questions about this budget, please email Bobby Pepiot.


Budget

For every dollar given...

  • $0.17 goes to worship
  • $0.18 goes to discipleship
  • $0.18 goes to missions & outreach
  • $0.21 goes to facility costs
  • $0.14 goes to operations
  • $0.12 goes to debt service

Giving

2017/18 Giving Goal: $2,047,276

  • $118,234 - Actual October giving
  • $118,234 - Total giving thru 10/31
  • $162,114 - Giving goal thru 10/31*

*Giving goal fluctuates based upon anticipated giving.

Expenses

2017/18 Budget: $2,047,276

  • $141,978 - Actual October expenses
  • $141,978 - Total expenses thru 10/31
  • $157,091 - Expense goal thru 10/31*

*Expense goal fluctuates based upon anticipated expenses.


More Giving Information


 

Stock Giving

TCPC has a brokerage account with Hilliard Lyons. Please email Chris Lee at Hilliard Lyons, or call him at at 859-219-4271. Then, notify TCPC of your gift, and where your gift should be applied, by emailing Bobby Pepiot or calling him at 859-272-4399. You will receive an acknowledgment letter from Tates Creek stating your gift was received.

Short-Term Missions Trips

More info coming soon...