Vestry Statement on Annual Giving

“St. James’s vestry invites all fellow parishioners to join them in experiencing the joy that comes from making a full commitment with an annual pledge to support the mission and ministry of our beloved church. As St. Paul writes in II Corinthians, “Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

When making decisions about philanthropic giving, we ask our church members to prayerfully reflect upon their many blessings and how they may bless others through financial gifts to St. James’s and other worthy organizations. It is our hope that your annual gift to our church will be your largest charitable contribution each year.

The vestry embraces the Biblical tithe of 10 percent of annual income as the standard of giving to God’s work in the world, and we joyfully invite our members to join us in working toward making that level of commitment to support the vital work and ministry of this congregation in our community and in the world.

As your vestry, we commit ourselves to communicate clearly and effectively about the use of these funds and to be good stewards of what has been entrusted to our care.”

Adopted April, 2019