Giving

Stewardship and Pledging – What is it all about?

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 our community, and to the world.

What is a pledge?

A pledge is an estimate of giving; some call it a statement of intent. Your pledge amount may be changed, increased or decreased during the year, at any time as your financial circumstances change.

Why should I pledge?

Pledging allows you to make intentional decisions about your financial giving.  When you plan ahead for 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 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 pledge?

While our annual giving campaign is held in the fall, pledges may be made at any time.  

How do I pay my pledge?

You may pay weekly, monthly, quarterly, or yearly via cash, checks, or electronic fund transfer (EFT).  You may also pay your pledge with a donation of stock. Many companies have matching funds for charitable donations. If your company has such a plan, please let us know.

How much should I pledge?

Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God. However, as you make this important decision, reflecting on your vision of stewardship may be beneficial. Bishop Claude Payne, retired Bishop of Texas, has a helpful perspective on a common maturation of the Christian Vision of Stewardship. Bishop Payne suggests that we consider our personal vision of stewardship in terms of a spectrum:

  • I give because I am supposed to givea sense of duty
  • I give to pay my own waya sense of fairness
  • I give to return a portion of my blessingsa sense of gratitude
  • I give to keep church ministries free to alla sense of generosity

There is no secret as to how you move along this progression. However, when you push yourself to another level, you will find your faithfulness expanding as well.

What is proportionate giving?

We should be committed to proportional giving, with the goal of tithing (10%). If you are not pledging 10%, pledge a lower percentage and consider increasing your pledge each year. We ask that you prayerfully consider what level of giving is right for you and your family.

What is a tithe?

A tithe is 10% of your income. At its General Convention since 1982, the Episcopal Church has affirmed the tithe is the minimum standard for giving and encourages its members to tithe or be working toward a tithe.   

A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal to begin with, but if you start with a certain proportion of your income and increase the percentage each year, you will be tithing in a short time. You could start with 5%, a half tithe. Another option is 2½%, which is equivalent to pledging the first hour’s pay of a 40-hour work week. The “Giving Percentage” chart below may help.

A Guideline To Proportional Giving

Annual Income

3%

5%

7%

10%

$200,000

$6,000

$10,000

$14,000

$20,000

$150,000

$4,500

$7,500

$10,500

$15,000

$120,000

$3,600

$6,000

$8,400

$12,000

$100,000

$3,000

$5,000

$7,000

$10,000

$80,000

$2,400

$4,000

$5,600

$8,000

$50,000

$1,500

$2,500

$3,500

$5,000

$30,000

$900

$1,500

$2,100

$3,000

Every pledge, every amount matters.

Where you start or whether you tithe on your annual or gross income is not nearly as important as simply making your first pledge. Every pledge makes a difference, regardless of the amount.

How many households make an annual pledge?

Our goal for 2016 is to increase participation of households making annual pledges with a target of every household pledging. Please make a pledge, even if the amount is not as much as you’d like it to be. Every pledge and everyone is needed.

What if I make a pledge but later find I can’t pay it in full?

Parishioners raise and lower their pledge all the time. A pledge is an estimate to help church budgeting; it is not a legal or moral obligation. Please don’t let your uncertainty prevent you from making a pledge. If you have financial difficulties or other unexpected events, simply notify the Treasurer.

Isn’t there additional income that supplements the budget?

The majority of a Church’s budget comes from gifts from parishioners. While here at St Mark’s, we also rely heavily on the contributions from our Outreach ministries and apportionment from the Diocese.  St Mark’s depends on your faithfulness and generosity and our ministries.

The content of this message is from St David’s Episcopal Church, Austin TX (http://www.stdave.org/support/pledge/) and adapted for use in St Mark’s 2015 Stewardship Drive.


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Fundraising with Kroger's New Community Rewards Program
Do you shop at Kroger? Now when you swipe your Kroger Plus card a % of your purchase can be donated to St. Mark's. Just go to kroger.com, click on “Community” then “Community Rewards”. Log in to your account or create one if you haven't already. Click “Enroll Now” and then search for St. Mark's or code 10638. Click the circle next to St. Mark's and click “Enroll”. Our Navigators scouting group is registered as well - their code is 80899. Each quarter Kroger mails out donations based on sales from where enrolled Kroger Plus cards were swiped. This new program replaces the old Kroger gift card program. Please contact Lara Dreyer at stmarkstreas@att.net if you need information or assistance.

 

 

Meijer's "Simply Give" Program
We encourage you to pick up a "Simply Give" card from the Greeter's desk in the narthex.  Take that card to Meijer and purchase it for $10.  Once purchased, Meijer converts your donation into a Meijer Food-Only gift card and applies it directly to our food pantry.  See Libby Hammond for more details

 

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Our church is a member of the Amazon Associates program. If you click on the link above and shop at Amazon, our church will receive 4% of the purchase price of your shipped items. Once you're on Amazon's site you just log into your account or create a new one then shop and check out normally.  Amazon will "remember" that you came through our website and make a donation to St. Mark's. Bookmark this page so you don't forget!



GFS Marketplace

Do you shop at GFS Marketplace?  Do you have an upcoming open house, family reunion, club picnic or other large gathering? GFS has food, beverages and supplies at low, wholesale prices.

St. Mark’s participates in their Fun Funds Program: Whenever you shop at any GFS Marketplace store the checkout cashier should ask if you have a business or organization. If you'd kindly answer “YES!” and show them your St Mark’s card or give them this number: (available soon), St. Mark’s will receive a rebate on your purchases.

The closest GFS Marketplace is 8805 Rockville Rd (1/4 mi east of Rockville and Raceway).