Living Out Our Mission Pledge; Giving Campaign 2019
Please take the time to read the following before filling our your estimate of giving.
Chances are, you have made a 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 didhave the money for your mortgage, vacations, a new car, and kids’ clothing, sports equipment or musical instruments, as well as college expenses and health care for you and your family and 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 every year.
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.
What is different this year? Thanks in large part to the refinance of our mortgage, just a 5% increasein the funds we contribute should be enough to erase our budget deficit in 2019 – for the first time in years!
Please join us in church in the month of October when members of our parish family will speak briefly and personally about why they pledge to St. Anne's.
Listen to what the Holy Spirit is telling you.
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.
Yours in faith,
Timothy C. Pacey, Generous Giving Campaign Chairperson
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 2018 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, 2018 to December 31, 2018). 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 2018, 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.