Annual Giving

Each fall, members of the congregation are asked to make a financial commitment to the ongoing ministries of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Your pledge to St. John’s is an affirmation of faith and commitment to ensure the vitality of our parish. 

Collectively, our parishioners provide more than 80 percent of our annual budget. Without your pledges and gifts, St. John’s would simply not exist. Use the options below to make a new gift, adjust your current gift or learn more about annual giving.

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Make a new pledge and/or annual gift

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Log in using the email address you have on file at St. John’s. Once in the portal, click the blue “pledge now” button to set up your pledge. A pledge is simply your intention for your annual contributions. Next, you can choose to set up pledge gifts to be paid electronically at your desired frequency (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually), or you can set up your pledge and then make gifts by dropping checks or cash (labeled with your name) in the offering plate, mail to the church, or set up online payments through your own financial institution.

If you have questions about the email address you have on file at St. John’s, or anything else about pledging and giving, please contact Kate Kile, Director of Finance and Stewardship. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Adjust current pledge and/or annual gift

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Log in using the email address you have on file at St. John’s. Once in the portal, follow the link to “Manage Scheduled Giving” within the “My Giving Summary” portion of your dashboard. Here you will be able to edit the amount and frequency of current gifts or change the payment source. You can use checking or savings accounts (preferred lower fees for St. John's), debit or credit cards.

If you have any questions about which email address you have on file at St. John’s or if you need assistance with adjusting your current pledge or annual gift, please contact Kate Kile, Director of Finance and Stewardship. Thank you for your generosity!

 

Learn more about pledging and giving

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Learn more below about annual giving, including how financial gifts are used at St. John’s and what factors you should consider when making a pledge or gift. If you have questions about anything regarding giving, or if you would like to request a pledge card through the mail, please contact Kate Kile, Director of Finance and Stewardship. Thank you for your generosity!

 

What should I consider when making a gift?

Pray. We are members of St. John’s because of our love and commitment to Christ and the Christian life. Ask for God’s help to guide you.

Your life’s blessings. Your pledge should be given in a sense of gratitude and joy for all we have received in our lives.

Why is St. John’s special to you? Is it the liturgy, our service to others in the community and the world, our lifelong Christian education, the music, or just the pure joy of our fellowship?

Why is St. John’s not another “charity?” We all give to worthy causes and trust them to do good things. At St. John’s, we know all the great things we do are in God’s name. Your pledge to St. John’s is an affirmation of faith and your commitment to ensure the vitality of our parish, just as we have done since 1829.

Challenge yourself. In the end, pledging is about letting go of our plans so that we can say yes to God’s plan for us.

Every pledge matters. Some people think that St. John’s is funded primarily by a few very generous members of the parish. This is NOT the case -- and for that we are blessed. Since every pledge matters, your pledge matters.

What is the difference between pledging and giving?

A PLEDGE is a commitment to give a certain amount to the church in a given period (usually a year). A GIFT is any contribution made to St. John’s. Gifts may be applied toward existing pledges or may be one-time.

How much should I pledge?

If you don't give, GIVE
Begin giving. Put a check in the Sunday offering or make an online gift. Our hope and goal is that all of our households will be giving households.

If you do give, PLEDGE
Make a pledge, or a promise to give a specific amount during the year. Pledges assist the Vestry to more accurately estimate the resources that will be available for the ministry of the parish in a given year. Pledges may be increased or decreased during the course of the year due to changes in circumstances.

If you do pledge, GIVE PROPORTIONALLY
Strive to be a proportional giver, which means committing to giving a percentage of your income back to God. Proportional giving is a more intentional approach to Christian giving than pledging. The average for charitable giving in the U.S. is between 2% and 3% of annual income.

If you do give proportionally, TITHE
Become a tither. Intentionally increase the proportion of your Christian giving until you reach the Biblical standard of 10%. Increase your giving incrementally, year-by-year, until you reach the tithe.

How are my gifts used at St. John’s?

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