Join us in 2018 as we build the future of our church, connecting and ministering to even more in our Saint Michael community. With your support, we will magnify our ministries by growing our budget by at least 10%. That increase will continue to fuel growth in the ministry areas of highest priority to the parish:
The nurturing and formation of our youth is critical to their future. In partnership with parent leaders, the Youth Department is responding to the parish-wide desire to develop a thriving and active youth program for our teens and their friends. With an increase in our budget, we will invest an additional $105,000 in order to hire two more youth ministers and expand our formation support staff so that the programs we offer will connect with more of our young people.
The rebirth of our music program is incredibly exciting to so many. Worship is the heart of our life together and renewing our sacred music and arts for all ages will enliven the entire parish. With an increase in our budget, we will invest an additional $173,000 in order to build a city-leading program in the tradition of The Royal School of Church Music for children and youth, and offer greater opportunities through vocal education and coaching for our adults.
Membership and Evangelism
The Great Commission calls us to go into the world and spread the Gospel to all people, and we need to do that with vigor! With an increase in our budget, we will invest $160,000 in brand new roles, including a Director of Evangelism, in order to expand our evangelical reach to our neighbors and help integrate new and current members more deeply into our parish family.
Ways to Give to Saint Michael and All Angels
Your annual stewardship pledge to Saint Michael helps sustain the daily operations of our church. It takes approximately $150,000 a week to operate our church.
Legacy or Estate Giving:
Make Saint Michael and All Angels a part of your legacy planning by putting the church in your will. It ensures that the church’s service will continue to live and grow.
Saint Michael Foundation Endowment Fund:
A Foundation Endowment gift is a wonderful way to remember and honor your loved ones, and it helps ensure that the heritage of Saint Michael and All Angels will continue long into the future.
- What does it mean to make a pledge?
- How do I pay my pledge?
- I take my commitments seriously. I’m thinking about pledging, but I’m concerned about my employment status. If I have a change in my status, can I adjust my pledge?
- I’m a young adult and I don’t have a lot to give right now. Will my pledge of a small amount make a difference?
- I have given faithfully in the past, but I have never made a formal pledge. Why should I?
- Who has access to my giving amounts?
- When does my pledge go into effect?
- Will Saint Michael send me statements?
What does it mean to make a pledge?
The difference between a gift and a pledge is different. Although giving is generous, giving is very general. Pledging is something more specific and deeply spiritual. Most of us want our faith in Christ to be central to our life, but until we literally put our money where our mouth is, the desire to put Christ first will only remain a desire. Money is what drives our world, and if we aren’t careful, money will end up driving us too. A pledge is a way of committing to the hope that we can and will transcend the pitfalls of this world with God’s help.
A pledge by December 31 also helps the church estimate its revenues for the upcoming year so that it can set its budget appropriately. The church does not run a deficit budget.
How do I pay my pledge?
You can request weekly offering envelopes or ask the church to set up automatic giving to fit your budgeting schedule, (MasterCard, Visa, or ACH debit). To manage a recurring donation online, you will be prompted to choose an option when you make your pledge. Gifts of appreciated stock are also accepted.
I take my commitments seriously. I’m thinking about pledging, but I’m concerned about my employment status. If I have a change in my status, can I adjust my pledge?
Yes, your estimate of giving can be changed at any time for any reason in a confidential way. Just contact Caroline Marak.
I’m a young adult and I don’t have a lot to give right now. Will my pledge of a small amount make a difference?
Yes! If everyone who hasn’t been giving committed to give (regardless of the amount), the church could surpass our current level of giving. Your gift makes a great deal of difference.
I have given faithfully in the past, but I have never made a formal pledge. Why should I?
We are grateful for your stewardship in any form at Saint Michael. Our Annual Stewardship Campaign is critically important because it is the revenue base on which the Vestry depends for funding the ongoing budget of the church. The church budget is built with the pledges of parishioners.
Who has access to my giving amounts?
The only people with ongoing access to the giving rolls are the Rector and Contributions staff.
When does my pledge go into effect?
January 1, 2018. You may prepay a pledge at any time or pay at yearend if it better fits your family’s budget.
Will Saint Michael send me statements?
Yes, if you give, you will receive a quarterly statement of your contributions for your tax records and to confirm the accuracy of our records. In addition, you will receive a 5th quarter statement in January, 2019.