What did Jesus love about the widow’s giving? He loved the widow’s passionate response to the priceless spiritual gifts she had received. Her loving response to the Lord reflected the completion of the circle of love within her, begun by God. The widow’s attitude stood out from the wealthy; she gave all she had. They gave “out of their wealth.”
Like prayer, worship or even meditation, giving is an exercise of the spirit. When you decide what you should give, close your eyes, bow your head, and put your trust in God’s hands and then make a prayerful, committed determination based not on what you think the church needs or the church budget, but make your determination based on what God is calling you to give. The center of this spiritual exercise is not on the church and its budget, but on your personal relationship to God in your life and what you believe is important.
First Presbyterian Church offers many opportunities to give, beside just financially. Members can also volunteer for our many Standing Committees and as an Officer, such as a Deacon, Elder, or Trustee. Members can also give of their time to one of the many ad hoc or focus groups or small groups, such as Tiffany Window Tours, Mother’s Day Tea, Gardening, Cleaning Crews, Peanut Brittle, Montreat, Ushers, One Great Hour of Sharing, Blanket Sunday, Kitchen Crew, Be Frienders, Lunch Bunch, Concerts, Confirmation Class, Youth Activities and Worship, Cherub Time, Knitting Groups, Lunch with Pastor, Giving Tree, Christmas Child Boxes, Dollar Dinners, Coats for Cold, Basket Auction, and Canal Clean-up.
Planned Giving and Endowment Overview
One of the great resources of First Presbyterian in Lockport is a financial legacy — a permanent endowment to support mission and ministry within our congregation and around the globe. Members and friends are encouraged to consider other ways to give to the church, such as considering the church in a Will or making a give of stock. If you would like to discuss these issues, please feel free to contact the Pastor or our Financial Secretary.
We now have donation links on this page, which allows friends and members to make donations to the church using their bank account or credit card.