Stewardship (Operating Budget)
Dear Parish Family,
Can you believe fall is here, and we’re about to celebrate St. Peter’s seventh anniversary? It absolutely astounds me when I look back and consider all that God has done through this parish over the course of these seven years! I am so VERY thankful for the life we have together, and for the way God has used us for the good of so many others.
As an orthodox parish, we know without the preaching of a dozen sermons, that God calls us to use the many blessings of our lives for His purposes; to return to Him a portion of all that He has given to us. While I do not believe the local parish is the only way we can do the work of God, I obviously believe that God has raised up this parish, is doing wonderful things through it, and I hope, with me, you will commit once again to supporting the programs and ministries we believe God has set before us.
As you may remember, our fiscal year is NOT the same as the calendar year: it runs from November 1 - October 31. Because of the early start date for the new fiscal year, stewardship kicks off in September (this coming Sunday- September 16), and ends with In-Gathering on October 14.
It is especially important as we begin to build the new church, that we keep the program and ministry life of this church strong! Please join me in making a pledge to St. Peter’s Anglican Church for 2012/13. Even if you give by automatic draft as I do, you will need to fill out the enclosed pledge sheet so that we clearly know that you intend us to continue to draft your account.
Thank you so very much for all you have done, and all you continue to do to support the work of God through this wonderful parish!
By God’s Grace,
Fr. Eric D. Dudley
We will always accept your generous offering when the plate is passed on Sunday mornings! However, we have now made it easier for you:
Make a ONE-TIME Online Contribution!
(Please use the pledge card for recurring deductions).
Pledging & Tithing
What's it All About?
At St. Peter's, we know that financial stewardship is an important component of a balanced spiritual life. Returning to God from that which He 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 Tallahassee 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 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, Finance Committee, and Staff to plan wisely to use our resources in support of the ministry God has called us to. The Vestry sets a budget on the total amount pledged to the church. While regular giving that is not pledged is important to the parish, your pledge lets the Vestry plan more accurately for the ministry we can accomplish.
How much should I pledge?
Determining the amount of your annual pledge is between you and God. The church does offer some guidelines to assist you as you make this important decision.
What is Proportionate giving?
Proportionate giving is basing your pledge amount on a percentage of your income.
What is a Tithe?
A tithe is 10% of your income. A tithe may sound like an unattainable goal, 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 2 1/2%, which is equivalent to pledging the first hour's pay of a 40-hour work week. Maybe the next year you can go to 5%, maybe you need to start at 1%, and increase by 1% each year. Where you start on your annual income is not as important as simply making the pledge and working towards an overall goal of tithing at some point in the future.
See Tithe-Yearly Income Chart (PDF)
If you have questions about financial stewardship or tithing in the scripture, your clergy are happy to talk with you. Please call 701-0664 ext. 12 for an appointment. If you have questions about the process, electronic giving options or anything financial please contact our Financial Administrator at 701-0664 ext. 11 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.