We are stewards of God’s bounty. Caretakers. For a brief period we are given time, energy, and resources. What we do with these gifts ultimately defines the character of our life and the depth of our spiritual understanding. Among the expressions of the wise use of the personal resources God has entrusted to us are giving to support the annual operating budget of the church (“Annual Giving”), capital projects (“Capital Campaigns”), and provide for family members while remembering the church (“Planned Giving”).
What we give to the Church’s work in the world depends on the relationship each of us has with God. In considering a level of commitment, we are called to reflect on and pray about our thankfulness to God for the good things given to us in this life. At St. James’, we encourage charitable giving, with the hope that a pledge to support God’s work here will be an individual’s or family’s largest charitable gift.
The Episcopal Church considers the Biblical tithe of 10 percent of annual income as the standard of giving to God’s work in the world. We strongly encourage our fellow parishioners to be mindful of the tithe as we prayerfully consider our financial commitment to the vital mission and ministry of this congregation in our community and in the world.
St. James’ Church has a rich heritage. Our early parishioners put their faith in God as they embarked more than 100 years ago on a successful building program that has provided our parish with a wonderful Nave that means so much to all of us in our worship. Our heritage also is one of hope, hope that more of God’s people can be filled with God’s grace. We also have a long-standing history of love: of sharing God’s love with one another, our community, and the world at large. Capital campaigns honor our past, and seek to expand all that we do in the future for the Glory of God.
Planned giving encompasses a variety of ways that gifts can be made to St. James’ Church from accumulated resources. It involves financial or estate planning; however, it is not reserved for the wealthy. Planned giving is a means by which anyone concerned with the wise use of his or her personal resources makes a considered choice about their ultimate disposition. In general planned gifts are made through a bequest in a will, life income gifts, and gifts of special assets (real estate, closely held stock, life insurance, retirement accounts). Planned giving establishes a way for a donor to provide for family members while also remembering the church. It often enables the donor to provide more for his or her heirs and to make a larger gift than thought possible. It often reduces taxes as well.