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PLEDGE FOR 2023
A pledge signifies your intention to give a certain amount, over the course of a year, to support the work and community of St. Paul's.
When you pledge, you:
turn the act of giving into a spiritual discipline
deepen your commitment to centering God in your life
strengthen our St. Paul's ministry and community
Your pledge amount is confidential, known only to Rev. Helena and the Treasurer.
We know that financial circumstances are always changing. If you need to make a change to your pledge for any reason, we understand. Your pledge is an intention, not a contract.
There are many ways to support the work of St. Paul's. We like to say that everyone in the community should give generously of their time, talent, and treasure. In gratitude for all you have received, how is God calling you to give back?
Or mail a check to:
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
145 Main Street
Southington, CT 06489
We are called to be Christ's hands and feet, participating in God's mission for the world.
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The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others
will themselves be refreshed.
PLEDGING at St. PAUL'S
What is stewardship?
Stewardship means caring for something that belongs to someone else. In the Bible, we are called stewards of God’s creation. That means everything in creations belongs to God – not us! Including our planet, our bodies, our fellow human beings, and our financial resources. We're called to take care of those things for God and to wisely use those gifts for godly purposes.
Typically, churches like ours conduct a stewardship campaign every fall, inviting members to make a financial pledge for the church's annual budget in the coming year. We ask members to prayerfully commit to a certain level of giving to fund the church’s mission and ministry for one year.
How is a stewardship pledge different from a regular donation?
A pledge is a commitment to give a stated amount to St. Paul’s for the coming year. As a spiritual practice, it places our hearts in an intentional posture of thankfulness. As all of our pledges are gathered, it provides the finance committee and vestry the means to make thoughtful and faithful budget choices.
How much should I give?
The Bible describes, in several places, a standard of giving to God one-tenth of what we produce. Of course, this is a decision for each household to reach, prayerfully. We are grateful for all gifts.
Whatever your gift, consider giving God the first and best of all you receive, making it an intentional and meaningful priority in your household spending. If you have never pledged, consider starting at 2% of your household income and increasing it by 1% a year. No amount is too small or too large
Is the church asking members to increase their annual pledge?
We will need an overall increase in pledge income due to recent inflation. We're asking members to pray about their giving and to do what is best for their household.
In this time of economic uncertainty, it's possible that some members will decrease their giving, which we completely understand. Others may feel called to increase their annual pledge.
What if this is an uncertain year? I don’t want to make a pledge I can’t fulfill.
Your pledge is a spiritual commitment, not a contract. You may change your pledge at any time by contacting the church office. And God loves you regardless.
Is my stewardship defined only by the money give to the church?
Time and service given to others are critical components of stewardship. Our church cannot function without your gifts of time and service.
What is the goal of the 2023 budget?
Our 2023 budget is designed to continue our new ministries, maintain staff at current level, and continue our outreach to our community and the diocese. It will also continue our return to in-person worship, service, and programing as it’s safe to do so.