Still thinking about a New Years Resolution? With a new year comes the tradition of “New Years Resolutions”. It’s not too late to adopt one yourself! May we suggest SIMPLIFYING your life with our parish Online Giving Program. You can save yourself time by enrolling and scheduling your tithing and other offerings to deduct electronically from your checking account or credit card. Our program provides you full control of your account - at any time - by logging onto our secure website. This convenience allows you to change the amount and frequency of your gifts when it suits you.
In addition to being a good steward of your finances by tithing to the church regularly, you will also be stewarding our natural resources by eliminating the printing of the offertory envelopes that are mailed each month.
If you have questions or would like to help enrolling in the Online Giving Program, please contact Jackie Abel at (717) 533-7168 ext. 121 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your generous Stewardship to our parish!
The Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families (located in suburban Harrisburg) is in need of the following donations: silverware (especially teaspoons), laundry detergent, blankets (twin size), towels and washcloths, personal care products, and air mattresses (or small cots). If you can help, please contact Yvette Dick, Interfaith Shelter House Manager at 717-652-8740. Thank you for your generosity!
*A very generous parishioner has offered to transport any items collected at our parish to the shelter. If you would like to donate items, you may bring them to the lobby area outside of the parish office door. Please be careful to place them in the bin marked “Interfaith Shelter” to ensure they are not mistakenly placed with items being collected for the Annual CCW Christmas Bazaar.
World Mission Sunday, this year on October 23, 2016, celebrates the mercy of God as we extend His loving heart to our neighbor half a world away, through our prayers and sacrifices.
What is the Origin of World Mission Sunday?
In 1926, Pope Pius XI instituted World Mission Sunday. He asked for prayer, animation, celebration, and offerings for the Missions. His concern was to engender a sense of responsibility in people for supporting the Missions throughout the world.
The first commemoration was in 1927 and the Pope asked that it would be observed in every diocese, parish, and institute. It was to be a true World Mission Sunday. The collection on the first World Mission Sunday, like today, is for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, providing support for the life-giving and hope-filled work and witness of priests, religious, and lay pastoral leaders in mission churches.
What happens on World Mission Sunday (October 23, 2016)?
Your prayers and generous support on World Mission Sunday directly benefit the Mission Church today. That support reaches clinics caring for the sick and dying, orphanages providing a place of safety and shelter, schools offering education from kindergarten through high school. Your help provides for seminarians preparing for the priesthood, and religious Sisters and Brothers in formation programs. All of this takes place in 1,111 mission dioceses, mostly in Africa and Asia, where the poorest of the poor receive an education and health care while experiencing the loving heart of our Lord through the service of priests, religious, and lay faithful.
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT: www.IAmAMissionary.org.
This information was obtained from our Diocesan website: http://www.hbgdiocese.org/evangelization/the-diocesan-office-of-the-missions/world-mission-sunday-next-to-last-sunday-in-october/
Annual Mission Trip Support: Fr. Beiting Appalachian Center
There will be six men traveling to Father Beiting Appalachian Mission Center in Louisa, KY on October 30, 2016.
The Mission Center has not assigned us our fall project yet, but we will let you know in further bulletins as soon as we know what we will be asked to do.
As usual, our volunteers take along all their own tools and
pay for their own meals, travel and incidental expenses. In addition, we almost always buy a variety of items needed to complete the jobs we have accepted. If you would like to help with these expenses, please send your donation to:
Larry & Jan Duckart
5455 Ridge Road
Elizabethtown, PA 17022.
For our records, please note on your check that this is for FBAMC. Thank you in advance for your generosity & support.
How Much Should I Be Giving To The Church?
In our Catholic faith “Tithing” is understood as giving 10% of your gross income - with 5% being given to the Church and 5% being given to the poor.
Tithing is a responsibility for all Christians and should be taken very seriously. However, there are legitimate exceptions to tithing such as family members living in poverty with very little money to cover their basic needs. Those who have the ability should make their best effort to tithe. Those who say their budget does not allow them to tithe but are buying things that are unnecessary, should look at where they are able to cut discretionary spending. By cutting discretionary spending, they are placing God before themselves. Regardless of the circumstances, every family should try to sacrificially give something no matter how small the gift. Jesus gave us an example of this in Mark 12:41, where the poor widow gave a few pennies from what she had to live on. In Tobit 4:8, Tobit tells his son Tobiah, “Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms."
Is tithing still necessary in the Catholic Church today?
Yes, tithing is absolutely necessary in the Church today. When God introduced the concept of tithing in the Old Testament, He told the Israelites this contribution was necessary from them to support the work of the Levites and the poor in the community.
Today our Church still needs this support. In addition to being called to care for the poor among us, the need exists to cover the expenses and financial obligations we incur as the Church operates in a commercial society. Salaries, benefits, insurance, maintenance, utilities and service fees are all expenses that result as we work to fulfill the mission of our parish and meet the needs of our parish community.
“Each year you shall tithe all the produce that grows in the field you have sown... So that the Levite who has no share in the heritage with you and also the alien, the orphan and the widow who belong to your community, may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all that you undertake.” Deuteronomy 14:22, 29
We wish you safe travels on your summer vacations! Please remember if you’ll be out of town for a few Sundays this summer, there are options available to help you maintain your regular tithing. With our Online Giving program you can contribute from wherever you are… you can even set up payments in advance if you like! The
convenience of managing your gifts to our parish is just a few clicks away.
The summer season can be a difficult time for our church when attendance tends to fluctuate from weekend to weekend. By giving online, you help ensure we make our budget, even when attendance is low.
Visit our parish website for more information about our Online Giving program or to set up an account today. If you would like to speak someone about the program, or you would like to have an account set up for you, please contact Jackie Abel in the parish office.
Father Al’s 25th Ordination Anniversary Celebration on May 15th was hosted by the ladies of our parish’s Council of Catholic Women (CCW). Julie Groh welcomed everyone to the event and introduced herself as the new CCW President for the 2016-2018 term. Philomena Krosmico (CCW President 2014-2016) then joined her on stage and explained how the CCW supports our parish community throughout year. She thanked everyone for the continuous support of their annual events - the Christmas Bazzar and Rummage Sale. She explained how proceeds from all of their fundraising efforts are used to support initiatives within our Diocese as well as our parish.
Father Al then joined Julie and Philomena on stage to accept a very generous donation of $20,000 for the Heart of the Parish Fund. This contribution will be used for the renovation of the Chapel in the former convent once construction begins for new parish office space there.
Father graciously accepted the gift and thanked the ladies for all that they have done, and continue to do for our parish. Our gratitude is extended in the fullest to the CCW not only for this gift, but also for the countless hours that these women so humbly devote to our parish. They truly exemplify the virtue of Stewardship within our parish.
Did you know we received almost $15,000 in gifts last year that benefited our parish thanks to the Charitable IRA Provision?
The Charitable IRA Provision allowing for qualified charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per year was been made permanent in July of 2015.
Many parishioners who are IRA holders benefit from this giving opportunity through RMD’s each year. In 2015 St. Joan of Arc graciously received almost $15,000 in gifts related to RMD’s that benefited our parish community.
A required minimum distribution (RMD) is the minimum amount, required by the IRS, you must withdraw from your IRA each year once you have reached the age of 70½. This creates a win - win scenario for parishioners and our parish. By making a donation from your IRA directly to a charitable organization, you avoid the penalty of the tax and are able to use the charitable contribution as a tax deduction.
Please keep in mind anything you choose to give is always greatly appreciated. Even the smallest gifts can make a significant impact.
If you have questions or would like to discuss designating your gift to benefit a specific cause, please contact Jackie Abel in the parish office at 533-7168 ext. 121 or email email@example.com. More information is also available on our website here.
Believe it or not, there is a difference between fundraising and teaching people to give.
Rick Warren illustrated this difference by saying, “I am very much against fundraising, but I am in favor of teaching people to give. Fundraising is what I call collecting money from other people in return for a product, service, reward, or recognition. But in giving, we simply challenge ourselves to give out of our own resources for spiritual reasons. The result of fundraising is that funds are collected. The results of teaching people to be givers are that funds are collected and disciples are developed.”
If you take our parish into consideration, we have only one “fundraiser” each year, our parish festival. The objective of our festival is to offer a family friendly event where people can enjoy themselves, as well as time with others, while raising funds for our parish community. It is a highly anticipated event that has been a staple in the community for 41 years now.
As a parish we do not see it as our mission to “fundraise”. We do however recognize our obligation to teach the biblical concept of tithing and stewardship. It is through the generosity of these gifts that we are able to have our church doors open to so many each and every day.
Our intention is for you to experience joyful giving from the heart when you contribute to St. Joan of Arc. We hope that your giving is an investment in our mission as Christians. The vision for our parish is not about the buildings and people we see around us, but rather what those buildings and people will help us do.
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