This section is from the "How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt" book, by Rev. Sylvanus Stall. Amazon: How To Pay Church Debts And How To Keep Churches Out Of Debt.
We append a plan which has overcome many of the difficulties of the usual quarterly basket collection.
On the Sabbath appointed let the envelopes be placed in each seat, or distributed by the deacons or a committee, to each family or part of a family represented in the congregation, not omitting any visitors. The form of the envelope may be suggested by the following:
"They shall not appear before the Lord empty; every man shall give as he is able." - Deut. xvi. 16, 17.
"Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven." - Matt. vi. 20. "To do good and to communicate, forget not." - Heb. xiii. 16.
Return This Envelope Next Sabbath.
The envelope should contain a card like the following, or the same may be printed entire on one side of a slip of heavy paper:
(reverse side of card.)
Take this card home, and during the week prayerfully consider the claims of the cause presented in the accompanying tract. Let every member of the family, in the spirit of Christian liberality, subscribe something, and whether it be much or little, God will determine "according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not." When all have subscribed, add up the amount, place this card, together with the money, in the envelope, seal and return next Sabbath.