Living God's Truth: Enough For All
Stewardship is the act of attending to God’s gifts in order to do God’s work. Keep in mind that our God is incredibly generous. God’s gifts encompass much, from the blessings of creation to the talents we possess, and the financial resources we have at our disposal. Each year, the church conducts a campaign wherein we invite parishioners to reflect on how their monetary gifts might make a difference. This year, that difference is clear.
In addition to the issues facing our world, our nation, and our community, we have challenges at St. Michael’s in the form of structural problems with the church and rectory. Though timing’s not ideal, we must make repairs now or risk matters getting worse. In order to fund the repairs, we’ll be using almost 40% of our endowment as well as taking out a loan. Covering loan payments without significantly reducing our mission and outreach commitments will mean needing to increase income by at least $14,000.
Your contribution is essential to attaining that increase, and I’d ask you to consider making a pledge towards next year’s budget. Any amount helps, even something that may feel small. With $12 more a month from each household, we could raise $14,000, which would allow us to maintain our current level of mission engagement. Your pledge provides the support needed to ensure St. Michael’s can continue to respond to the many ways in which the world needs our voice.
I understand in these uncertain times, this is a hard commitment to make. Wondering what tomorrow will bring and if you are up to the challenge can be overwhelming. Please prayerfully reflect on what you can offer. Reach for God, and rest in God’s truth: You are enough. God is enough. There is, and will be, enough.
2021 Stewardship FAQs
What is a stewardship pledge? A pledge is a financial commitment to donate a specific amount of money to St. Michael’s in 2021.
Why are stewardship pledges needed? Pledges allow church leadership to estimate next year’s income and make informed decisions while building the Mission Spend Plan (budget). Last year, pledges comprised 95% of St. Michael’s annual income.
How much should I pledge? The traditional guideline in The Episcopal Church is the tithe, a pledge of one-tenth of your household income. That said, for many the tithe is a goal to work toward through incremental pledge increases. What’s most important is to establish, through prayer, a level of giving that is meaningful to you.
What are we striving for next year? We know this year has presented financial challenges for many and simply ask you give what you can. Ultimately, we hope to increase monetary donations by 5%. The table below illustrates that increase given specific pledge amounts:
What if my financial circumstances change? You can revise your pledge. We certainly understand that life is full of the unexpected. Please just inform the rector or a member of the Stewardship Committee so we can plan accordingly.
When and how should I turn in my pledges? Please turn in your pledge on or before November 15th. If you’re not ready to make a decision by then, your pledge is still welcome later. Given this year’s circumstances, use whatever means you’re most comfortable with to turn in your pledge, whether by mail, dropped into the south porch mail slot or outdoor worship collection box, an emailed picture, or an emailed note.
When and how are pledge payments made? You may make payments at any time throughout 2021, periodically or in one lump sum, through the collection plate, scheduled bank payments, or online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/stmichaelsarlington. If submitting cash via the collection plate, please use one of the envelopes in the pews or a pledge envelope (which you can request via the pledge card) so we may give you credit for the amount. Please note that non-cash donations do not apply to pledge fulfillment.
How else can I give? Stock transfers can be made in cooperation with The Diocese of Virginia. Contact the Parish Office at email@example.com for more details. We also participate in the Amazon Smile program, where a percent of your eligible purchases made using our charity link (https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-0633471) goes to the church.