Celebrating and Sharing God's Grace
Every Sunday before leaving the sanctuary, the celebrant proclaims these words, “Go in peace to love and serve the Lord!” The intention behind this seemingly last-minute declaration is a reminder that the nourishment we receive in worship is just the beginning of our call to a faithful life. It’s a simple phrase, and one that is easily overlooked at the end of a full service. But, consider the impact St. Michael’s has had on your life. Consider the power of sharing that impact with one another and beyond our doors. We hope you will join us in celebrating and sharing God’s abundant grace!
Blessed in the past and present, we now look to the future. The parish strategic plan, Steps Along the Path, will guide us toward our shared goals: worshiping God and nurturing our spirit, loving our neighbors as ourselves, and cultivating and sharing generously God's abundance. We invite you to prayerfully consider a pledge for 2019 that is right for you and your household.Members of the vestry and the Stewardship Committee are eager to enter into conversation about celebrating this moment in the parish and to answer any practical questions you may have. Please plan to make your pledge by Commitment Sunday, November 18, which will conclude our season.
2019 Stewardship FAQs
What is a stewardship pledge?
A stewardship pledge is a commitment, made after deliberate and prayerful consideration, to contribute a specific amount of money to the St. Michael’s parish community. It is a reflection of your gratitude for God’s abundant grace in your life. As the vestry develops the Mission Spending Plan (budget) for 2019, knowing the estimated 2019 pledge income will allow the vestry to prioritize expenses. We hope all households will make a stewardship pledge — even if it is only a small amount per week — as an expression of a vital commitment to the parish.
Why are stewardship pledges needed?
Eighty-five per cent of St. Michael’s annual income comes from pledges. In The Episcopal Church, all parishes are self-sufficient. We receive no funds from the diocese or the national church; quite the opposite, we tithe from our gifts back to the diocese. As a community of faith, we all share responsibility for our spiritual home.
What are the vestry’s 2019 financial priorities?
There are several specific ways the vestry hopes to generously share God’s grace in the coming year:
- Increase the foundation of our commitment to outreach from 2.8% to 4.5%.
- Increase the funds available for hospitality, as we continue to host quarterly Newcomer Welcome Dinners, Sunday evening Formation offerings paired with a meal, and other events that enrich the life of the parish.
- The costs of the Altar and Flower Guilds have depended on the generosity of only a few individuals for too long. The Vestry is committed to phasing in the cost of our communal worship life to the Annual Mission Spending Plan.
What does this mean practically? We’d like to increase the impact of the Mission Spending Plan by $10,400 in 2019. We feel this commitment is within reach of the generosity of our parishioners. For your reference, see the chart below as to how an increase in your pledge will have a meaningful impact and help us achieve our goals.
When and how are pledges and pledge payments made?
How much should I pledge?
The traditional guideline in The Episcopal Church, based on scripture, is the tithe, a pledge of one-tenth of household income. For many, the tithe is a goal to work toward through yearly increases in your pledge. The important thing is to establish through prayer a level of giving that is helpful for you — that supports your spiritual health.
The Vestry asks all households to pledge on or before Commitment Sunday, November 18th. Pledge payments may be made at any time during the course of the year. Most households choose to make weekly, monthly, or quarterly pledge payments. Others opt to pay in one lump sum. Payments can be made through the collection plate, by scheduled bank payments, or online. The amount of a pledge is never dictated and is always at the discretion of the giver. If circumstances change, a pledge can be revised. Newcomers who find that they are not yet ready to make a pledge and individuals who join the parish after Pledge Sunday are welcome to pledge at any time. We encourage these persons to discuss stewardship with a member of the clergy or vestry or the Stewardship Committee.
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