Our Approach to Giving
Serving our neighbors, helping the oppressed, and other aspects of our vision require resources to implement. Our giving is also a tangible expression of good stewardship, generosity, service, and discipleship. All of our resources—people, property, facilities and money—belong to God. and are dedicated to the pursuit of following Jesus and making the world a better place.
We take a positive, generous approach to money. We are very grateful to God for all we have been blessed with; and we hold our resources lightly, understanding they belong to God and are entrusted to us to use to bless others. Money is a tool to accomplish our vision, and not an end in itself. Therefore we seek to give, more than to receive; and to spend less on ourselves, and more on others. As agents of love, hope and peace, we want to use our money in ways that encourage, strengthen, and empower people.
The financial health of Cedar Ridge is the responsibility of us all. Everyone is encouraged to participate in giving in some way, no matter how rich or poor we are. We urge everyone to give as they are able, recognizing this varies between people and over time; and we encourage one another to become progressively more generous. However much we give, there is no place for judgment about people not giving their share; nor is there place for carelessness, neglecting to give, so others are left to make up the shortfall.
Ways to Give
At Cedar Ridge we are working together as a community to live out our vision of hope and transformation. Whether we are helping people find help and healing, running a community farm, serving in Guatemala, creating a loving and life-changing program for our young people or developing deeper ways to grow spiritually, all these things cost money. And our money comes from within that same community–each one of us giving to the work of our church as generously as we are able. To view where our money is being spent this year, see the annual budget section below.
Please prayerfully consider your own role in financially supporting your spiritual community here at Cedar Ridge.
Make a one-time donation or set up a recurring gift through Pushpay, our secure online giving platform.
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Cash or Checks
Place an offering in one of the towers in the back of the auditorium or in one of the wooden boxes along the side walls. Checks can be made out to “CRCC” or “Cedar Ridge Community Church.” You may use an envelope (available at the wooden boxes) for cash gifts, and if you include your name and contact information on the envelope, we will include your donation on your annual giving statement. To mail in a contribution, send it to Bookkeeper, Cedar Ridge Community Church, 2410 Spencerville, MD 20868.
If you already give regularly, you may be able to multiply your giving through a donation matching program at your place of employment. Talk to your employer to find out what gifts qualify and how the process works.
Our Annual Budget
Cedar Ridge is a generous community. Members and attenders donate approximately 90% of the money we spend each year. We give to finance the vision to which we are committed. And we give as an expression of our vision—demonstrating good stewardship, generosity, service, and discipleship. Our budget goal for September 2018–August 2019 is to finance the annual plan priorities detailed below through community donations of $706,975, and rental income and corporate sponsorships totaling $127,092.
Worship Services—$121,255 Cedar Ridge is where we worship, celebrate, and grow together as a diverse community. This year we will explore ways to strengthen intergenerational interaction, and will celebrate and learn from all our members, embracing the creative possibility of our differences.
Children and Youth—$48,761 We encourage and challenge our students to follow Jesus passionately and help make the world a better place, while welcoming doubts, questions, and struggles. We will strengthen youth leadership and intergenerational connections, and continue to offer age-appropriate fun.
Prayer and Healing—$84,454 Through prayer, we experience transformational healing that centers us in the love of God, and enables us to reach out to others. In addition to prayer-focused events and activities, we will continue to promote prayer as an integral part of discipleship for people of all ages.
Small Groups—$10,887 Small groups provide a place to experience growth, community and servanthood. We will support discipleship groups as they increasingly reach out to neighbors and friends, and we will continue to encourage the formation of new groups that contribute to our vision.
Social Justice—$19,273 We will provide opportunities to become more engaged in social justice issues—particularly with regard to racial equity in public education. And we will continue to strengthen our relationships with service day and farm-related partners.
Farm—$32,501 We will generate greater publicity for the farm to attract more people of all ages onto our property, and further promote awareness of food justice and ecology issues through signage and events. We will continue to deepen our relationships with partners and volunteers.
Guatemala—$54,950 To strengthen relationships with our Guatemalan partners and Latino neighbors, we will again organize Spanish language classes. We will continue to support Ipala through scholarships, health projects and housing, and will explore ways to empower our partners and increase sustainable impact.
Local outreach—$80,408 Our renewed focus on sharing our vision with others will be reflected in a greater number of intergenerational outreach events, more compelling and engaging communications, and an emphasis on creating a welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
Facilities—$381,538 We will pursue additional opportunities to generate income from the facilities, and will invest in our property—particularly the historic farmhouse—to fulfill our legal obligations and make the property safe and attractive for all users.