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It all belongs to God. We are merely stewards of His precious resources.

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What is Stewardship?

Stewardship is simply the act of managing the resources God has given us. Here at Zion we believe that it is an integral part of our faith walk. Stewardship is a spiritual issue that needs to be nurtured just like any other aspect of our lives. Closely related to our attitude about giving of our time, talents and possessions, it is not something to be feared. Those of us who have embarked on an intimate walk with Christ have found that “Giving is Good for the Giver.” We invite you to join us on this journey of discovery and growth.

Financial Stewardship

Zion seeks to fulfill an ambitious mission, which calls for a strong stewardship program. The two goals are closely related. Jesus is well aware of the importance of giving. Of the forty-two parables Jesus used in His ministry, twenty-five of them dealt with how we use our possessions. While He talks about prayer in the Bible 372 times, He talks about possessions and giving 2,172 times! We are challenged to give of our first fruits by setting aside gifts for God’s ministry before we spend on ourselves, and we are challenged to give sacrificially using the tithe (ten percent of our income) as a biblical benchmark.

Electronic and Online Giving

Don’t carry a checkbook anymore? Zion has a couple of different options available for giving electronically, eliminating check writing and helping you stay on track with your planned giving. But there are differences, and it is important to choose the tool that works best for you:

Electronic Funds Transfer

EFT AuthorizationContributions are transferred automatically from your checking or savings account to the church’s bank account, according to your chosen schedule.

  • Set up your giving by filling out a paper authorization form and providing a cancelled check.
  • Schedule options are the 1st and/or 15th of each month.
  • Fund options are the General Fund and Building Fund.
  • Zion pays a set service fee to provide this option to members.
  • Change your giving by filling out a new authorization form.

Print Authorization

Online Giving

Scheduled GivingContributions are billed to your credit card or debit card either immediately or according to your chosen schedule.

  • Set up your giving online through your InFellowship account (the same account used to register for events or access the member directory).
  • Schedule options are monthly, on the 1st and 16th, weekly, and every two weeks.
  • Fund options include the General Fund, Building Fund, Mission Funds, Memorial Fund, and Zion Foundation.
  • Zion pays a service fee plus a credit card processing fee on each transaction.
  • Change your giving any time through your InFellowship account.
  • Download a giving statement for this year or last year

Give Now     Give One Time (no login)     Set up Scheduled Giving    Download Giving Statement

To use an online payment service like Zelle or Venmo, please use the email address give@zionbuffalo.org.

  • What Does the Stewardship Committee Do?

    What Does the Stewardship Committee Do? The Stewardship Committee activities are summed up in the title of the book by Charles Lane: Ask, Thank, Tell. Ask If you have attended worship at Zion in October or November you are probably familiar with the “Ask.” We call this the “Fall Stewardship Emphasis.” We devote from three to six Sundays with sermons, handouts and announcements based on the year’s stewardship theme. This is the highest visibility activities of the committee. You’ve seen me and other members of the ... more
  • Stock and IRA Distributions

    Did you know that gifts to Zion can include Stock Transfers and IRA Qualified Distributions? Yes, although it is not a common occurrence, Zion occasionally receives gifts of Stock Transfers and IRA Qualified Distributions from benefactors. Giving of appreciated stock to charity offers some additional tax benefits compared to donating cash. As described in a 2018 Forbes article, appreciated stock held for more than one year can be donated without triggering long term capital gains. The giver is able to ... more

Different Funds

General Fund: Operating expenses / day to day expenses like staff salaries, synod support, and committee expenses.

Building Fund: Building mortgage expenses.

Special Envelopes: Extra envelopes such as Global Mission and World Hunger gifts, Sunday School & Cemetery.

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