St. Michael's 2018 Sow Bountifully Commitment Campaign
"The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will reap sparingly,
and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully."
2 Corinthians 9:6
During the last twelve months, as St. Michael's entered a period of transition, our congregation remained actively engaged in service projects, fellowship and ministries. In a time of uncertainty, when we could have scaled back our outreach, we were pressing forward with new ideas, new energy, and an increased commitment to share Christ's love with others.
Now we enter a new phase of transition as we call our next rector. It is our hope that, in the 2018 Sow Bountifully Stewardship Campaign, that we can all expend equal energy and show equal enthusiasm to establish a solid financial base for next year's Mission Spending Plan (budget). We have set a goal to increase the number of pledgers from 64 to 70 pledges and our pledge goal from $230,000 to $265,000, which we believe will enable St. Michael's to meet its core needs and provide resources for additional growth.
Please make your pledge by Sun., Nov. 26. Pledge cards can be placed in the collection plate on Sundays, or can be mailed to or dropped off at the office. You may also email your pledge information to the parish office, or make a pledge online.
Let us join together to ensure we can continue Christ's work in all that we do at St. Michael's by pledging our talent and treasure during this year's stewardship campaign. Thank you for your generosity and commitment.
—The Vestry of St. Michael's
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 parish community. It is a reflection of your gratitude for God’s abundant grace in your life. Pledging enables the Vestry to make realistic budget projections for the coming calendar year. 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. Click to download a 2018 pledge card.
Why are stewardship pledges needed? Most of our income comes from pledges. Under the Episcopal model, parishes are responsible for maintaining and growing themselves. Parishes receive no funds from the Diocese or the national church; instead, they must cover their own expenses, primarily through pledges. As a community of faith, we all share responsibility for our spiritual home.
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 distribution of 2017 pledges is shown in the table below.
2017 Pledge Distribution
$ Pledge No. of % of Amount Pledges Pledge $
$10,000 and above 3 27% $7,000 to $9,999 3 10% $6,000 to $6,999 3 8% Total Pledges: $232,513 $5,000 to $5,999 4 9% Average Pledge: $3,633 $4,000 to $4,999 6 11% Median Pledge: $2,400 $3,000 to $3,999 5 7% $2,000 to $2,999 16 16% $1,000 to $1,999 15 9% Under $1,000 9 2% However one defines household income (gross income, net income after taxes, net disposable income) is immaterial. The important thing is to establish through prayer a level of giving that is helpful for you — that supports your spiritual health.
When are pledges and pledge payments made? The Vestry asks all households to pledge on or before Commitment Sunday, November 24th. 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.
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. A pledge also can be modified, especially if financial circumstances change during the year.
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