At St. Columba’s, we recognize that financial stewardship is a vital component of a balanced spiritual life. Each fall, the Stewardship Committee sponsors a pledge drive, asking parishioners to make a financial commitment for the following year. These commitments help the Vestry build a budget that will support our mission, staff, building complex and the financial gifts we make to our diocese, city and world. Annual pledges support everything we do and are at St. Columba’s, from paying salaries to supporting our outreach ministries to making possible our liturgical and music offerings. Many companies have matching funds for charitable donations. If your company has such a plan, please contact Kim Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make arrangements.
Determining the amount of your annual pledge—your tithe to the church—is between you, your family and God. When we pledge we are making an offering of a portion of our wealth that we give to God’s work. Historically, the tithe meant the first 10th of the harvest that was offered up to God. In Exodus, God tells Moses: "Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits." Today, a tithe is 10 percent of your income and we urge all St. Columbans to work toward this goal. However, this can be difficult to achieve so we invite you to start the journey where you are comfortable. We simply ask each parishioner to make a pledge that is both responsible and significant based on his or her financial situation. To help you calculate yearly giving as a proportion of your income, click here. We also encourage you to compare your pledge to St. Columba’s with your other charitable giving, and to consider whether this is in line with the importance of your faith and values.
A pledge is what you commit to donate to St. Columba’s in the coming fiscal year. We ask everyone to make a pledge on or before Commitment Sunday (Nov. 20, 2011) by bringing a pledge card to church, mailing it or sending an e-mail to Kim Carlson (email@example.com), or completing an online pledge form. Pledge information is mailed prior to Commitment Sunday, giving parishioners time to consider their pledge for the coming year. In addition, pledge amounts can be changed at anytime should personal circumstances keep you from fulfilling your pledge or should you decide to increase your pledge for any reason. Simply contact Kim Carlson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or go to the online giving page.
Pledges are fulfilled on a calendar year basis, beginning Jan. 1, and you may fulfill your pledge in as many payments as you wish throughout the year. Pledges can be paid in a single gift or transfer of stock; through electronic fund transfers from your bank; online through the St. C’s website; or throughout the year by putting cash or checks in the offering plate in special envelopes provided for that purpose.
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