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Giving and Growing in Mission
Stewardship is the act of attending to God’s gifts in order to do God’s work. Whether those gifts are the gifts of creation, or more specifically, the financial resources we have at our disposal, as good stewards, we aspire to care responsibly for them and trust they will multiply. Each advancement in our stewardship brings an expansion in our ability to nurture both ourselves and our world.
As St. Michael’s continues to give and grow in mission, I’d ask you to consider making a monetary donation for next year. Any amount is appreciated, even something that may feel small to begin with. A gift of $5 every week can pay for two of our children or youth to attend the parish retreat at Shrine Mont. A gift of $10 every week can help feed a family experiencing food insecurity for the entire summer!
Your gift matters. It matters to you as the giver, and to the church which utilizes it as a resource for mission. There is joy to be found in practicing generosity and it begins with a simple step of a commitment to contribute. As you consider these thoughts, I’d also ask you to contemplate how your stewardship makes a difference. Our campaign will conclude on November 17, when we hope you will have had the opportunity to prayerfully reflect on and submit a pledge.
2020 Stewardship FAQs
What is a stewardship pledge? A pledge is a commitment to contribute a specific amount of money to St. Michael’s. Pledges are important because they allow church leadership to estimate next year’s income and make informed decisions while building the Mission Spend Plan (budget).
Why are stewardship pledges needed? Eighty-five percent of St. Michael’s annual income comes from pledges. In The Episcopal Church, all parishes are self-sufficient, meaning we receive no funds from the diocese or the national church. In fact, quite the opposite—we tithe from our gifts back to the diocese.
How much should I pledge? The traditional guideline in The Episcopal Church is the tithe, a pledge of one-tenth of your household income. That said, for many the tithe is a goal to work toward through incremental pledge increases. What’s most important is to establish, through prayer, a level of giving that is meaningful to you.
What is our goal for next year? We hope to increase monetary donations by 4.5%. The table below illustrates what that might mean given specific amounts:
What if my financial circumstances change? You can revise your pledge. We certainly understand that life is full of the unexpected. Please just inform the rector or a member of the Stewardship Committee so we can plan accordingly.
When and how are pledges and pledge payments made? The Stewardship Committee asks all households to pledge on or before Commitment Sunday, November 17th. If you’re not ready to make a decision by then, your pledge is still welcome at a later date. You may make payments at any time during the course of the year—whether weekly, monthly, quarterly, or in one lump sum—through the collection plate, scheduled bank payments, or online here. If submitting via the collection plate, please use one of the envelopes in the pews or a pledge envelope (which you can request via the pledge card) so we may give you credit for the amount.
How else can I give?
Stock transfers can be made in cooperation with The Diocese of Virginia.Contact the Parish Office at [email protected] for more details.
St. Michael’s also participates in the Amazon Smile program, where a percent of your eligible purchases made using our charity link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0633471) goes to the church.
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