Dear All Saints' Family:
It's all about love.
This year has been unlike any other. We have been on a journey that has transformed our church, our community, our nation, and the entire human family. God's people have made journeys like this before. Scripture tells us that as the people of God figure out how to live, work, teach, learn, and grow in challenging and changing times, Love shows them the way.
The health and vitality that continues to grow and thrive in our journey at All Saints' is the result of our shared commitment to live together in love. Our vestry (the church leadership board) is looking ahead to 2021. An important part of that work includes the annual budget. To do that well, we depend on good information about anticipated financial support in the coming year; the Stewardship Pledge Card is how we accomplish that.
Pledge cards for 2021 have been mailed to our parish mailing list. We also offer an online pledge card for those who prefer that option. Please take some time to prayerfully consider what you may be able to give in the coming year and return your completed pledge card.
Our life, our journey, together is grounded on Christ's Love. I am grateful to be on that path with you, and I am excited about the adventure ahead.
Love will show us the way!
1. What is a "pledge," and why does my pledge mean so much to All Saints'?
Your pledge is a monetary commitment to help this community continue onward. Your pledge helps us continue to be a place where the compassionate story of Jesus Christ is experienced and shared. It allows us to extend our hospitality to those in our community who need it most. Your pledge to All Saints' says, "I support the ministry and programs taking place through All Saints', and I want this ministry to grow, expand, and continue to be offered to others."
2. What do my pledge dollars support?
As an Episcopal parish, All Saints' is responsible for supporting our shared life and funding the mission and ministry which is uniquely ours. Pledge dollars are used to fund the operating budget for our life together. They support building use expenses, such as electricity, water, gas, maintenance, and other use expenses similar to those in your own home. Pledge dollars support staff salaries, program and ministry development, and support for the six stewarding groups (Caring for All God's Creation, Mission and Service, Finance and Management, Spiritual Formation, Praxis of Prayer and Worship, Spiritual Gifts). Your pledge dollars also support the Diocese and National church through apportionment payments.
3. Why are we asked to pledge in the fall of each year?
The declaration of your pledge in the fall helps us plan and allocate for our future together in the coming year. Pledges are most useful when made as year-long commitments, and we encourage you to make your pledge on or by November 2nd. Proper budgeting can't be done until we can estimate our income. Most people fulfill their pledges in installments; in weekly or monthly installments throughout their pledged year.
4. How do I decide how much to pledge?
Your giving is as personal to you as prayer; only you can know what is right for you. The important thing is to make a commitment. You'll find that proportional giving — which speaks to your current financial circumstances, where you are in your overall life plan, to your journey in the light of Christ's love — will help you acknowledge your blessings and help you grow spiritually.
5. What is proportional giving?
If you don't already practice proportional giving, we urge you to begin your commitment of
proportional giving. The Bible states a specific obligation to "tithe" — which is, to give one-tenth of what you have received from God back to God. If one-tenth sounds like a lot, try pledging 4 percent of your total annual income. The wonderful diversity found at All Saints' is also found in our diverse levels of comfort with annual pledging, proportional giving, and tithing: We all give what we can, when we can.
6. What happens to cash plate offerings?
Plate or "loose" offerings are cash offerings that are not attributed to a donor; it goes to "non-pledge" income and isn't something we can count on receiving — with certainty — when budgeting for the incoming year.
7. What is Legacy Giving?
Legacy Giving is the ultimate stewardship. It is the way in which you dispose of the assets you've accumulated during your lifetime. It is an opportunity to leave a gift that constitutes a legacy for the generations that'll come after us. To learn more about Legacy Giving, click here.