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 an incredibly big-hearted community. Despite the hardships and uncertainties of the last year, members and attenders have continued to give generously. Cedar Ridge families and individuals donate 85-90% 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 2021–August 2022 is to finance the annual plan priorities detailed below through community donations of $721,115, and rental income and grants amounting to $138,750, for a total operating budget of $859,864.
Worship Services—$103,514Whether we are meeting in person or online, gathering together as a diverse community is an essential way we experience more of God. Now, more than ever, we recognize the need for community, and Sunday mornings will remain an inclusive space for all of us to worship and grow together. We will continue to invest in technologies that allow us to connect, and will adapt to changing guidelines regarding the pandemic throughout the year.
Children and Youth—$63,056 Our children and youth leaders encourage and challenge our students to follow Jesus passionately and help make the world a better place, while welcoming doubts, questions, and struggles. This year we will focus on helping children and youth reconnect with one another and with our community as a whole, and to engage with justice issues in age appropriate ways.
Prayer and Healing—$85,195 Through prayer, we experience the loving presence of God, which enables us to engage more healthily in the challenges, as well as the beauty of everyday life. We respond to the pain and suffering of both church members and our extended community through prayer, counseling, and practical support. Throughout the fall, we will hold prayer practice evenings, and we will continue to promote prayer as an integral part of discipleship for people of all ages.
Small Groups—$9,803 Small groups provide a place to experience growth, community and servanthood. During the coming year, discipleship groups will continue to focus on encouraging and supporting members through this difficult time, as well as celebrating life together in safe and appropriate ways. In the fall, emotional support groups will provide a safe setting for people who have been struggling emotionally and mentally as a result of the pandemic.
Social Justice—$19,406 We will continue to engage in advocacy related to racial equity in public school funding and policing, and will hold Churchwide Days of Service with a focus on the underlying justice issues that perpetuate need. A screening of the movie “Just Mercy,” a panel discussion and associated racial justice book groups are scheduled for the spring for our church and wider community.
Farm—$23,520 The farm is a visible demonstration of our commitment to economic justice, and a place we can experience the mystery and beauty of God in nature, both individually and as a community serving together. We will continue our focus on promoting food justice issues through the farm and on celebrating the harvest. We will also continue to partner with Manna Food Center to address food justice issues in our locality.
Guatemala—$48,012 In addition to our current projects in Ipala, we will install sinks at a preschool to promote hand-washing, and solar panels on low-income homes that currently have no electricity. We will develop a tool to help ensure funds are spent in ways that promote local justice and empowerment. And we will continue to encourage relationship building and prayer support between Ipaltecos and small groups at Cedar Ridge.
Local outreach—$68,467 Subject to current restrictions, we will organize safe and creative outreach activities such as a Pumpkin Patch and Movie Night in the fall, outdoor movies, and games nights—which we will promote through roadside signage and direct mailings. We will participate in community events such as Burtonsville Day, and will adapt traditional events such as Advent in the Barn and the Creative Cup Coffeehouse to the current conditions.
Facilities—$407,880 We will continue to rent out our facilities in ways that comply with state and county regulations, optimize rental income, and support our local community. We will invest in projects to improve our landscaping and drainage, and the seven-acre solar farm being constructed on our property is expected to become operational by spring. We will continue to use our beautiful 63-acre property to host large and small community gatherings, and to provide a safe space for our children’s Sunday programming.