What’s it all about?
At St. Paul’s, we know that financial stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God from that which God has given us is a tangible way to express our faith. When each of us gives as we are able, together we fund ministry within our parish, to the East Bay Community, and to the world.
What is a pledge?
A pledge is an estimate of giving; some call it a statement of intent.
Why should I pledge?
Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving. When you plan your giving, you make conscious choices about spending your money in ways that reflect your faith and values. Receiving your pledge allows our Vestry, the church’s governing board, to do for our parish community what you do for your household: plan wisely for the use of our resources in support of the mission and ministry to which God has called us. The Vestry sets a budget based on the total amount pledged to the church. While plate offerings are important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
How do I make a pledge?
You may pledge at any time by completing a pledge card and returning it by mail or in person to the church. You may also make your pledge online.
How do I pay my pledge?
You may pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly via cash, check, electronic fund transfer from your bank account, credit card, or your Paypal account. You may also pay your pledge via stock donations, through a donor advised fund, or from your IRA if you are over 70 years of age. Please reach out to the office for more information email@example.com or (510) 834-4314. Many companies will match donations for charitable contributions, please let us know if your company will match funds to St. Paul’s.
Is my pledge confidential?
The stewardship team will know if you pledged, so they can thank you. The amount of your pledge is known only to our bookkeeper.
What is the tithe?
Tithing is the practice of giving 10% of one’s annual income away. It has its origins in the Old Testament, first appearing in the Bible when Abraham gave one-tenth of the spoils of war to Melchizedek, the priest-king of Salem (Gen 14:18-20). New Testament references that mention the topic of Christian giving don’t specify actual amounts. We see instead a focus on the heart of the giver.
How much should I pledge? Am I required to tithe?
In 1982, the 67th General Convention of the Episcopal Church passed a resolution affirming the tithe to be the "minimum standard" of giving for Episcopalians. The Convention action is not a mandate or rule. It simply recognizes the tithe as the biblical standard for giving and upholds this as a standard for Episcopalians to work towards.
We are grateful for each gift. We ask that you commit to a pledge of financial support to St. Paul’s in the context of your overall budget and in gratitude for the blessings you have received. The practice and discipline of regular giving is more important than the amount itself. All gifts, regardless of their size, make an impact on our church community and our broader community.
What if my financial situation changes and I am not able to fulfill my pledge?
We completely understand if you need to adjust your pledge. Please let our bookkeeper know, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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MAKE A PLEDGE
Congregants and other members of our community can become sustaining members of St. Paul’s by making a pledge or gift to the 2022 Stewardship Campaign.
We ask you to consider these three steps:
1. Prayerfully discern your giving for 2022
2. Complete a pledge card, and return it to the church
3. If you wish to give electronically, you may
Text GIVE to 510 900 7759, make your payment(s) HERE, or give via PayPal
Learn how to make your ongoing commitment.
If you did not receive a Pledge Card in the mail, download it NOW, and email it or bring it to church on November 14.
Questions? See Stewardship FAQs
Or contact email@example.com
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