Living Out Our Mission Pledge; Giving Campaign 2020
Please take the time to read the following before filling our your estimate of giving.
“Chances are that you have made some financial contribution to St. Anne’s.
Maybe you have given an offering while at worship, having been especially moved by the words of Father Lee’s sermons, or touched by a piece of music or prayer.
Maybe you gave offerings more than once, over several weeks or months, as part of your commitment to provide financial support to St. Anne’s last year. As you did that, you came to realize that your faith in God was well placed and you really did have the money for the mortgage; vacations; new car; kids’ clothing, sports equipment or musical instruments; college expenses and health care for you and your family, or anything else I did not think of that is in your budget.
Whatever you have given, be it in the last few months, last few years, or last few decades – THANK YOU! We couldn’t have made it through this past year without you!
BUT…. The need for the funds that support our rector and staff, pay our mortgage and utilities, provide for payments on the balance of the lease for our new organ; support our diocese and provide funds for other programs continues.
This is the time of year when I ask you to make a commitment to provide financial support to St. Anne’s. I also hope that you will prayerfully consider an increase in the funds you are able to give over whatever level you have given in the past.”
These are the words that Tim Pacey used to open his letter on our Giving Campaign last year. They still ring true to us today. This is the time of year when we ask you to make a commitment to provide financial support to St. Anne’s. We also hope that you will prayerfully consider an increase in the funds you are able to give over whatever level you have given in the past. As the Episcopal Church shares with us, we are to be working towards a tithe.
We have not received the final report but it looks good that this last year we did well and where able to meet all our obligations. The next challenge is to start a Reserve Fund to save up for the replacing of our furnace/air-conditioning. So even though we can pat ourselves on the back for a year well done, we need to continue to look to the future and plan for all that is ahead of us: paying off the organ, a new furnace/air conditioning, updating our Parish Hall, the apartments that are to be built and the least exciting of them all: maintaining our building and grounds.
Please join us at church September 22 - October 27th when members of our family will share why they pledge to St Anne’s. Listen to how the Holy Spirit moved them and listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to you.
You may make your commitment to St Anne’s for 2020 in one of three ways:
1) Return the form enclosed with this letter by mail in the envelope provided (thank you for providing the stamp!) or place it in the offering plate during Sunday worship.
2) Go to our parish website at http://saintannesdamascus.net/donate/ and enter your commitment for 2020 online. This is a secure website, and the information is only shared with our assistant treasurer so he can provide monthly reports of your giving vis-à-vis your commitment.
3) Enter your pledge directly from your REALM account. Sign in to your Realm account, click on Giving on the main menus and click +pledge. Then just enter your pledge information and save.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, and for helping us continue to go forward in Christ’s name as a community of faith; to grow in faith through worship, witness and love for one another and our neighbors.
May God bless us all,
Pam and John Brewer
Need help figuring out what to estimate? Try this Tithe Calculator.
Having prayed about this annual pledge to fund the mission of St. Anne’s Church in 2020 and in the context of gratitude for all that God has given to me/our family, please be advised of our promise to contribute (fill in below) during the next fiscal year (January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020). See below for how you would like to pay for this pledge.
(I/we realize that in the event of a change in my/our financial position in 2020, we can confidentially adjust our pledge by calling the clergy)
Your Giving Estimate As A Percent Of Income
Why look at your pledge as a percent of your income? As Christian stewards of God's gifts to our lives, we believe that what we have belongs to God and must be used to accomplish God's purpose. Several General Conventions of the Episcopal Church, as well as the Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, have affirmed 10% of income as the biblical standard giving. While we do not want to be legalistic about such percentages, it can be a helpful discipline to budget our expenditures so that we can intentionally reserve a percentage for God's work. It may also be helpful in re-estimating your giving if your circumstances change. If you have questions about percentage giving, feel free to speak to the rector or a member of the vestry with whom you feel comfortable.