Why We Give
Our Offertory Prayer says, Merciful Father, we offer with joy and thanksgiving, what you have first given us: ourselves, our time, and our possessions, signs of your gracious love. ALL the gifts we have, the qualities we possess, the money we make, each new day, is all a gift from a God who loves us and wants us to have an abundant life.
At Westwood, we believe that we should:
We need to open our eyes to others first
We need to learn patience and financial discipline
We need to figure out the difference between our needs and our wants
I invite you to prayerfully and joyfully consider how it is that you will give of your financial resources to God’s work through Westwood. Tania Haber, Senior Pastor
1. Talk with the kids in your life.
Sex, religion, and politics are fair game for conversation these days, but just don’t talk about money! Tell kids how we make decisions about our money. Share stories of generous people and sacrificial giving. Show kids what a difference they can make by giving their own time, talents, and money. Model giving with our own lives.
2. Expect the kids you know to give!
When approached, kids are often way more generous than adults. And they still have that natural joy in giving. Have you watched a child watch YOU open a present that they’ve chosen? Sheer delight on their face for a gift given!
3. Think about what you give them.
What messages are we sending by the amount of money we spend on gifts? Today, one-third of all
4. Give a gift in honor of your child or grandchild.
Giving a gift to our church in honor of your child/grandchild and then telling them what you’ve done is a powerful witness to them of what you hold as important. Sponsoring a child, buying an animal through the Heifer Project, working with your child at one of our outreach sites…There are many ways that we can make a difference, not only in our own giving, but by the influence we have and life we model for our friends and family.
Click here for the Giving page or to give a gift now.